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The First Days Project shares
stories of immigrants' first days in the United States.
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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
"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
"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
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Tony Shevlin's First Day
London, United Kingdom to New York, NY (1988)
Yaran Cui's First Day
Chongqing, China to Seattle, WA (2016)
Tuija Thatcher's First Day
Tuusula, Finland to Seattle, WA (1994)
Abhishek Kumar's First Day
Singapore, Singapore to New York, NY (2012)
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