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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
"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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Belgaum, Karnataka, India to Los Angeles, CA (1983)
Ponni Sivaraman's First Day
Chennai, India to St. Louis, MO (1978)
Tina Yong's First Day
Hunan, China to San Jose, CA (1971)
Bobby Chacko's First Day
Mumbai, India to New York, NY (1983)
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