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.

852 narrators

Mara Mihara

Nisei female. Born September 20, 1925, in Spokane, Washington. Father worked as a redcap for the Great Northern Railroad, and parents also ran a hotel. ...

Peggy Yamato Mikuni

Sansei female. Born May 27, 1929, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles. During World War II, removed ...

Dale Minami

Sansei male. Born in Los Angeles, California on October 13, 1946, and grew up in Gardena, California. Received B.A. in Political Science from University of ...

Takeshi Minato

Nisei male. Born July 13, 1922, in Park City, Utah. Family moved several times prior to World War II, and was living in Terminal Island, ...

Tom I. Mine

Nisei male. Born in Watsonville, California, on March 14, 1918. Grew up in Watsonville before being removed to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and Poston ...

Helene J. Minehira

Nisei female. Born April 30, 1925, in Waipahu, Hawaii. Just before World War II, moved with family to the Ewa Beach area of Oahu, near ...

Norman Mineta

Nisei male. Born November 12, 1931, in San Jose, California. During World War II, removed to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming. Graduated from the University ...

Janice Mirikitani

Sansei female. Born February 1941, in Stockton, California. As an infant, she was incarcerated with her family at the Rohwer, Arkansas, concentration camp during World ...

Nellie Mitani

Nisei female. Born January 31, 1919, in Mesa, Arizona. Grew up in Arizona, where family ran a produce farm. Attended college, and after marrying husband, ...

Edward H. Mitsukado

Nisei male. Born June 1, 1912, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Grew up in Honolulu, where father ran a taxi business. Was serving with the Hawaii Territorial ...

Rin Miura

Issei female. Born October 4, 1901, in Fukuda, Japan. Grew up in Japan and immigrated to the U.S. after marrying. Settled in Portland, and during ...

Alfred "Al" Miyagishima

Nisei male. Born December 2, 1926, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Family operated grocery store prior to World War II. Moved to Stockton, California, due to father's ...

Nancy Sawada Miyagishima

Sansei female. Born September 17, 1930, in Sacramento, California. Spent childhood in Sacramento where mother and stepfather worked on strawberry fields. Sent to live with ...

Yukiko Miyahara

Nisei female. Born November 29, 1919, in Venice, California. Married in Venice prior to World War II, and had a child only a few days ...

Nobuko Miyake-Stoner

Japanese female. Born Feburary 10, 1952, in Hiroshima, Japan. Descendant of survivors of the atomic bombing in 1945. Father was a kamikaze pilot during World ...

Yukiko Miyake

Nisei female. Born July 1, 1910 in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar childhood in Seattle's Nihonmachi, raised by her maternal grandmother. Married Henry Miyake, an Issei, ...

Shig Miyaki

Nisei male. Born November 18, 1923, on Terminal Island, California. Grew up on Terminal Island, where father was part of the large Japanese American fishing ...

Frank Miyamoto

Nisei male. Born July 29, 1912, in Seattle, Washington. Wrote 'Social Solidarity Among the Japanese in Seattle' as a Master's thesis, published in 1939 as ...

Herbert Y. Miyasaki

Nisei male. Born March 12, 1915, in Pauuilo, Hawaii. Joined the army in December 1940 and was assigned to the 100th Infantry Battalion. Transferred to ...

Archie Miyatake

Nisei male. Born November 6, 1924, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, where father, renowned photographer Toyo Miyatake, established a photo studio. ...

Henry Miyatake

Nisei male. Born April 28, 1929, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with ...

Kazuko Miyoshi

Nisei female, born 1936. Grew up in Culver City, California, where parents ran a nursery business. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration ...

Taka Mizote

Nisei female. Born May 30, 1924, in Hillsboro, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon. ...

Robert Mizukami

Nisei male. Born December 20, 1922, in Star Lake, Washington. Grew up in the Renton area and later in Fife, Washington. Immigrant father began three-generation ...

Yoshito Mizuta

Nisei male. Born October 24, 1914, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where parents owned hotels in the International District. In his interview, discusses ...
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