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.

823 narrators

Shimako "Sally" Kitano

Nisei female. Born April 6, 1932, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Grew up on Bainbridge, and was eight years old when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on ...

Sox Kitashima

Nisei female. Born 1918 in Hayward, California. Married in 1942 and removed with husband to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp ...

Ted Kitayama

Nisei male. Born July 27, 1929, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Grew up on Bainbridge where parents ran a nursery business. During World War II, removed ...

Yoichi "Cannon" Kitayama

Nisei male. Born November 24, 1928, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where parents ran a hotel. During World War II, removed to the ...

Minoru Kiyota

Kibei male, born 1923 in Seattle, Washington. Raised primarily in San Francisco, California, spending four years in Hiratsuka, Japan. Was incarcerated with his family at ...

Shoichi Kobara

Nisei male. Born April 23, 1922, in Watsonville, California. Grew up in Watsonville until age six, then family moved to Salinas. Following the bombing of ...

Kenge Kobayashi

Nisei male. Born July, 1926 in Imperial Valley, California. Interned at Tulare Assembly Center, California; Gila River concentration camp, Arizona; and Tule Lake concentration camp ...

Thomas T. Kobayashi

Nisei male. Born September 4, 1916, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington prior to World War II ...

Yuri Kochiyama

Nisei female. Born May 19, 1921, in San Pedro, California. During World War II, incarcerated in the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome ...

Lilly Kodama

Nisei female. Born 1935 in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Grew up on Bainbridge Island before being removed with family to Manzanar concentration camp, California, in 1942 ...

Tats Kojima

Nisei male. Born 1923 in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Age 18 when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, was removed with family to Manzanar concentration camp, California. Later ...

Karlene Koketsu

Nisei female. Born January 7, 1935, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Sawtelle area of Los Angeles. During World War II, removed to ...

Jane Komeiji

Nisei female. Born July 7, 1925, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Grew up in the community of Aala, a vibrant neighborhood of Japanese American businesses, where family ...

Richard Konda

Sansei male. Born February 27, 1951, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco and attended UC Berkeley. Went to law school at Santa ...

Kara Kondo

Nisei female. Born 1916 in the Yakima valley, Washington, and spent childhood in Wapato, Washington. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the North ...

Bessie Yoshida Konishi

Nisei female. Born September 17, 1932, in La Jara, Colorado. Spent childhood in Alamosa, Colorado, where family operated a successful produce farm. Married in 1950 ...

Frank Konishi

Nisei male. Born December 2, 1928 in Fort Lupton, Colorado. Family operated dairy farm. Received undergraduate degree from Colorado A&M (now Colorado State University ...

Gladys Koshio Konishi

Nisei female. Born August 14, 1930, in Fort Lupton, Colorado. Raised in Fort Lupton, where family operated a produce farm. Attended Colorado College of Education ...

Fred Korematsu

Nisei male. Born January 30, 1919, in Oakland, California. Mr. Korematsu was working as a welder in San Francisco when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on ...

Kathryn Korematsu

White female. Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina. Attended Winthrop College in South Carolina, and moved to Detroit in 1942. Married Fred Korematsu, a ...

Michiko Kornhauser

Shin-Issei female. Born July 21, 1936, in Sasebo, Japan. Was a child in Okayama during World War II. After the war, immigrated to the United ...

Richard Kosaki

Nisei male. Born September 14, 1924, in Waikiki, Hawaii. Attended McKinley High School, where he was student body president, just prior to the bombing of ...

George Koshi

Kibei male. Born June 16, 1911, in Greeley, Colorado. Raised in Denver, Colorado until the age of five. Sent to Japan for schooling in 1917 ...

Mits Koshiyama

Nisei male. Born August 7, 1924 in Mountain View, California. Grew up in the Santa Clara Valley, California, working on his family's leased strawberry ...

Nob Koura

Nisei male. Born April 10, 1920, in Seattle, Washington. Moved from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, Washington, at age five. During World War II, removed to ...
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