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The First Days Project shares
stories of immigrants' first days in the United States.
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"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
"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
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Raj Mohan's First Day
Chennai, India to Detroit, MI (1994)
Gujarat, India to Detroit, MI (1999)
Karim Shamsi-Basha's First Day
Damascus, Syria to Knoxville, TN (1986)
Tina Yong's First Day
Hunan, China to San Jose, CA (1971)
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