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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."
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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
"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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"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
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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)
Tina Yong's First Day
Hunan, China to San Jose, CA (1971)
Mini Paul's First Day
Trivandrum, Kerala, India to Chicago, IL (1993)
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