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The Spanish community in front of the Majestic Hotel

The Spanish community in Shanghai hosted a banquet in honor of the officers of the cruiserBlas de Lezo, whichin February 26 hadjoined the foreign forces defending their national interests in town in the midsts of struggles between Guomintang,…

Antonio Ramos featured in the Spanish press

Some 15 years after he decided to return to Spain, a Madrid sports newspaper published this piece that summarises Antonio Ramos' life and accomplishements in China, from his pioneering film screenings to the construction of seven cinema theaters in…

A feast at the Spanish consulate in Shanghai

The photograph, published in one of the main newpapers in Madrid, shows some of the members of the Spanish community in Shanghai, such as the Mencarinis, film empresario Antonio Ramos, architect Abelardo Lafuente, and different religious authorities,…

Hongkew Cinema

The Hongkew Cinema (Hongkou daxiyuan), one of Antonio Ramos cinemas, opened in December 1908. The image was probably taken in the late 1920s: Two Flaming Youths, starring Chester Conklin, premiered in 1927.
1930 (ca.)

Score of the song 'Let's defend Wuhan'

The long resistance of the city of Madrid to fascist rebels during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) offered a model to Chinese Communist troops during the battle of Wuhan (June-October 1938) against Japanese occupiers. With lyrics by Sha Lu 沙旅…

Fragment of L'Ideographie, by Sinibaldo de Mas

In this work by the diplomat Sinibaldo de Mas, written and published in Macao, Mas puts forward his proposal for a universal language based in ideographic writing and his experience learning Chinese.


Plan for the Star Garage, by Abelardo Lafuente

Spanish architect Abelardo Lafuente designed the building to host the Star Garage, owned by Albert Cohen.The cross-sectional A A viewA A of the plan shows a structure of concrete with bidirectional beams. The building was originaly linked to the…

Photograph of the Main House of the Spanish Augustinians in Shanghai

The buiding was designed by Abelardo Lafuente and his partner, the American architect G.O. Wootten, with whom Lafuente had began a professional association months before.

The house was located in the American Settlement, in present day Yangshupu Rd. The facade reflects the eclecticism of late 19th century houses from Madrid, which Lafuente knew, such as the building of the Central University in Madrid Francisco Javier Mariategui (1874).

Photograph of the first Dominican church in Taiwan

One of the first preserved images documenting the presence of Spanish Dominicans in Taiwan. The church of Qianjin 前金 (Kaohsiung), the origin of the present-day cathedral of the Holy Rosary, was inaugurated in May 24, 1863 by priest Andrés…

Star Garage, by Abelardo Lafuente

The Star Garage was designed by Spanish architect Abelardo Lafuente in Shanghai for Albert Cohen (1870- 1930). Born in Constantinople, Cohen obtained the Spanish nationality due to his Sephardic origins—and his wealth. One of the (at least)…