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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
"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
"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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Mexico City, Mexico to Waukegan, IL (1975)
Beijing, China to Knxvoille, TN (2008)
C.M. Naim's First Day
Barabanki, India to San Francisco, CA (1957)
Arvind Rajan's First Day
Chennai, India to Chicago, IL (1981)
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