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The First Days Project shares
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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 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."
READ DESIRE'S STORY
"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
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Jae Kim's First Day
Seoul, South Korea to Syracuse, NY (2012)
Shourya Jain's First Day
Pune, India to St. Louis, MO (2011)
Arnold Pasia's First Day
Manila, Philippines to Seattle, WA (1998)
Hong Kong, China to Los Angeles, CA (1987)
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