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"And then you come over and then suddenly it's a different environment and you don't have a single friend. I mean zero. Zilch."
READ ALI'S STORY
"It was a date in mid-September, 1957, when the Pan Am round-the-world flight I had caught in Calcutta reached San Francisco."
READ C.M.'S STORY
"It was just so sad because I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t know what to do... I still was just traumatized by what happened."
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"My first impression was that it looked like a fairy tale... I felt a sense of freedom, though there was both fear and joy in the back of my mind."
READ SARMISTHA'S STORY
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Maria Villegas' First Day
San Jose, Costa Rica to Seattle, WA (2004)
Antonette 'Toni' Dayao's First Day
Quezon City, Philippines to San Francisco, CA (1983)
Shiamin Melville's First Day
Bombay, India to Boston, MA (1979)
Mandy Sin's First Day
Hong Kong, China to Bellevue, WA (2002)
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