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Immigrant New Yorkers Share What They Needed When They First Arrived in NYC

Immigrant New Yorkers wish they knew more about English classes and job training upon arrival.

Summer engagement interns, Nancy Chen and Dashiell Allen, represented Documented at the University Settlement’s annual ROAR summer festival on August 5 and 12. They introduced informational guides to immigrant New Yorkers and distributed 150 booklets in Chinese, with explainers to help New Yorkers file taxes, apply for affordable housing, protect themselves when facing anti-Asian hate crimes, and more. 

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During the event, Documented spoke to 24 attendees and took their portraits with the goal of learning about their immigrant experience in New York City. We asked them: What did you want to know when you first arrived in the United States? Here’s what they told us. 


Photos courtesy of Dashiell Allen, Rommel Ojeda and April Xu

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