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The First Days Project shares
stories of immigrants' first days in the United States.
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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
"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
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Aruna Tailor's First Day
Nairobi, Kenya to Hackensack , NJ (1972)
Pattabi Neelakantan's First Day
Mumbai, India to Buffalo, NY (1986)
Rahul Diddi's First Day
Moscow, Russia to New York City, NY (1983)
Jae Kim's First Day
Seoul, South Korea to Syracuse, NY (2012)
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