Stories about what it's like for immigrants in their first days in the United States, inspired by the South Asian American Digital Archives First Days project. Share your stories with the hashtag #firstdays.
Some immigrants spent their first nights at the YMCA. Others saw snow for the first time. Some people didn’t mean to end up here at all. What do you — or your parents or grandparents — remember about your first days in the US?
Music was a lifeline for eight-year-old Susan Cruz, when she and her mother fled violence in El Salvador in 1978 and headed for California. In this next in our series on immigrants' first days in the US, Cruz looks back on her tumultuous introduction to America.
Poet and author Marjorie Agosin was born in the US but she and her family moved back to Chile when she was just 3-months-old. Then, when she was a teenager, they decided to move back to the US. They settled in Athens, Georgia. Agosin tells us the story of her first days in the US.