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

Larry R. Pacheco

White male. Born November 4, 1922, in San Jose, California. Drafted into the military after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. During World War II, served as ...

Frances Sumida Palk

Nisei female. Born July 31, 1939, in Portland, Oregon, where parents ran a hotel. During World War II, removed with family to the Portland Assembly ...

Susan Brown Phelps

White female. Born March 1, 1941, in Bishop, California. During World War II, father was the assistant project director at the Manzanar concentration camp, California. ...

Kerry Christenson Powell

White female. Grew up in California and moved to Lone Pine as a child. During World War II, visited the Manzanar concentration camp, California, on ...

Chizuko Judy Sugita de Quieiroz

Nisei female. Born September 15, 1932, in Lodi, California. Grew up in Jersey Island, a small island in the Sacramento Delta. Following the bombing of ...

Doreen Rapada

Female of First Squamish Nation and Filipino descent. Born August 3, 1943, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Grew up on Bainbridge Island, where parents worked as ...

Edwin "Ed" L. Rothfuss

White male. Former superintendent of the Death Valley National Park. Involved with the establishment of the Manzanar National Historic Site.

Kanji Sahara

Issei male. Born April 4, 1934, in Hiroshima, Japan, while mother and older siblings were visiting Japan for an extended period. Came to the United ...

Barry Saiki

Nisei male. Born June 21, 1919, in Stockton, California. During World War II, served with the Military Intelligence Service in Japan.

Joe Saito

Nisei male. Born in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Oregon, where parents ran a farm. In 1941, volunteered for the army and served as a ...

Margaret Saito

Nisei female. Born March 14, 1933, in El Centro, California. Grew up in California where parents were farmers. During World War II, removed with family ...

Paul Saito

Nisei male. Born 1923 in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Carver and Ontario, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. Remained in Ontario during World War ...

Sumi Saito

Nisei female. Born in Asher, Washington. Grew up in Vale, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. Remained in Oregon during World War II.

Toru Saito

Sansei male. Born December 11, 1937, in San Francisco, California. Nearly age four when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly ...

Bo T. Sakaguchi

Nisei male. Born 1925 and raised in North Hollywood, California. Removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Attended high school ...

Kiyo Sakahara

Nisei female. Born February 8, 1920, in South Park, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, ...

Toru Sakahara

Nisei male. Born 1916 in Fife, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled during the ...

Hisaji Q. Sakai

Nisei male. Born February 28, 1925, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, where parents had a grocery store business. After the bombing ...

Lawson I. Sakai

Nisei male. Born October 27, 1923, in Montebello, California. Grew up in Montebello, where father and other family members ran a farm. After the bombing ...

Shiuko Sakai

Nisei female. Born 1923 in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle where parents operated a hotel. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly ...

Shizuko "Suzie" Sakai

Nisei female. Born April 14, 1922, in Yakima, Washington, and grew up in Central Washington state. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly ...

Annie Sakamoto

Nisei female. Born January 17, 1939, in Los Angeles, California. Given up for adoption after birth, and placed in the Shonien orphange in Los Angeles. ...

Henry Sakamoto

Nisei male. Born January 27, 1927, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland where parents ran a hotel business. During World War II, removed to ...

James Sakamoto

Nisei male. Born April 18, 1924, in Mayfield, California. Spent prewar childhood years in Alviso, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, moved ...

Janice Sakamoto

Sansei female. Grew up in California and attended San Francisco State University.
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