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L., 19, a student in Dalian, China

“The onset of COVID-19 coincided with my grandpa’s cancer diagnosis. […] As schools shut down across the US, I was finally able to book a flight home. […] This year was a disaster. But some part in me was glad that the pandemic has brought me home to my family.”

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S.L., 63, a teacher in Palo Alto, CA


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E.Y., 18, a student in Shenzhen, China

“在回国路上我得到很多人的帮助。[…]在从隔离点坐飞机回到自己家的一路,我其实能感受到虽然检查非常严格,但人民都很温暖。没有像微博上说的那么仇视我们留学生。[…] 在小区门口登记资料时小区的一同乡的保安还会骄傲地跟同事说,这是我们那的大学生,成绩又好又懂事,一个人在国外学习呢。”

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M.W., 22, a student in Wayne, PA

“For a lot of us, it is not the same unimaginable grief felt by those who have lost loved ones to this pandemic. But it is grief nonetheless—a kind of hollow emptiness”

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