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The First Days Project shares
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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
"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 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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PG Rajan's First Day
Chennai, India to Buffalo, NY (1970)
Priscila Soto's First Day
Barranquilla, Colombia to Freehold, NJ (2013)
Sarada M's First Day
Chennai, India to New York City, NY (1973)
Nazar Hayat Tiwana's First Day
Lahore, Pakistan to San Francisco, CA (1952)
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