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The First Days Project shares
stories of immigrants' first days in the United States.
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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
"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."
READ DESIRE'S STORY
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Lina Ly's First Day
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam to Los Angeles, CA (1979)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kalispell, MT (2001)
Gabrielle Plain's First Day
Harrington Park, Australia to Seattle, WA (2015)
Evanna Hu's First Day
Wuhan, China to Columbus, OH (2001)
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