Narrators

Narrators are the interview subjects of oral histories contained in the Densho Digital Repository. Our interviewees, or narrators, share their life histories to preserve history, educate the public, and promote tolerance. We urge our users to approach these materials in the same spirit.

880 narrators

Mary Iwasaki

Nisei female. Born November 16, 1923, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where parents ran a hotel business. During World War II, was removed …

Susumu Iwasaki

Nisei male. Born June 18, 1927, in Terminal Island, California. Grew up in Terminal Island before being removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, during …

Chizuko Iyama

Nisei female. Grew up in San Francisco, California. During World War II, was removed to the Santa Anita assembly center, California, and the Topaz concentration …

Ernie Iyama

Nisei male. WGrew up in California. During World War II, was removed to the Tanforan assembly center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah.

George Izumi

Nisei male. Born 1920 and raised in California. Removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After World War II, attending …

Toshiro Izumi

Nisei male. Born May 7, 1918, in Villa Park, California. Grew up on Terminal Island, California, where father was a fisherman. During World War II, …

Kitako Izumizaki

Nisei female. Born November 21, 1921, in Watsonville, California. Grew up in Watsonville, where family operated a truck farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, …

Pramila Jayapal

Born September 21, 1965 in Madras, India. Attended the Jakarta International School in Indonesia before moving to the United States to attend college at Georgetown …

James T. Johnston

White male, born 1939 in Arkansas. During World War II, father was the project director of the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas, and James, along with …

William R. Johnston

White male, born 1936 in Arkansas. During World War II, father was the project director of the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas, and William, along with …

Melvyn Juhler

White male. Born July 7, 1939, in Salinas, California. Parents owned and operated a farm in the Salinas area prior to World War II. During …

Shizuko Kadoguchi

Nisei female. Born September 29, 1920, in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada. Went with parents to Japan in 1930, and attended school there. Returned to …

Akira Kageyama

Nisei male. Born July 2, 1916, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Los Angeles area. Lost both parents at an early age, and …

Glenn H. Kageyama

Sansei male. Born March 6, 1947, in Los Angeles, California. Son of Akira Kageyama, one of the key players in the guyaule rubber-producing project at …

Keiko Kageyama

Nisei female. Born January 2, 1920, in Monterey Park, California. Grew up in several different places in California, where parents ran truck farming businesses. During …

Jane Kaihatsu

Sansei female. Born June 2, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois. During World War II, her father's family was sent to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, …

Bruce T. Kaji

Nisei male. Born May 9, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles and was in high school when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor …

Frances Midori Tashiro Kaji

Nisei female. Born April 30, 1928, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Boyle Heights neighborhood, where father was a prominent medical physician. During …

Hitoshi H. Kajihara

Nisei male. Born March 12, 1928. Incarcerated at Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Served as fundraising chair for the Japanese American Citizens League's Legislative Education …

Jim Kajiwara

Nisei male. Grew up in Los Angeles, California. Married in 1942 and removed with wife to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration …

Lily Kajiwara

Nisei female. Born July 26, 1924, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the Gresham/Troutdale area of Oregon, where parents had a farm. During World War …

Isao Kameshige

Nisei male. Born in Galt, California. Grew up in Hollister, California. During World War II, removed to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and the Poston …

Noboru Kamibayashi

Nisei male. Born June 23, 1930, in Fairfax, Washington. Grew up in Venice, California, where parents had a produce farm. During World War II, removed …

Yoshiko Kanazawa

Nisei female. Born October 9, 1935, in Pasadena, California. Grew up in Pasadena, where father worked as a gardener. During World War II, removed to …

John Kanda

Nisei male. Born July 10, 1925, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in the Thomas-Auburn area of Washington. Following Executive Order 9066, family was removed to …
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