An immigrant advocate remembers her bumpy initiation into American life as a student from Malaysia in the late 1970s. She goes to bed hungry as a result of a miscommunication with her host family and nearly floods her new dormitory when she tries to take her first bath on campus.
The Winter Olympics has put a spotlight on Russia's anti-LGBT laws and practices. One gay Russian decided he had seen enough when new laws were passed this summer, so he took the risky course of entering the US illegally to seek asylum.
Food: the lack of it, the control of it, dreams of it, was a key part of the Soviet experience. Now a Russian author living in the United States, Anya von Bremzen, has written a memoir of the USSR through food, "Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking."
The World is collecting stories about immigrants' first days in the US. It's a project inspired by the South Asian American Digital Archive. Here is a submission from Hossain Zaré Khiabani. He's from Iran and moved to San Francisco in 1986.
A group of South Asian Americans are trying to document the stories of other South Asian Americans' first days in the United States. As more immigrate here, they don't want to lose track of what it was like when they first arrived.
If you've ever moved abroad or have relatives who have migrated to America, chances are the memories from those first few days after arrival are crystal clear, from finding a place to live, a job--just navigating life as a newcomer. A project in Philadelphia is documenting the memories South Asian immigrants have of their first few days in the United States.