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.

824 narrators

Alice E. Sumida

Nisei female. Born July 18, 1914, in Osco Flaco, California. Grew up in Pismo Beach, California. During World War II, moved to a farm labor ...

Frank Sumida

Nisei male. Born August 10, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois. Grew up primarily in Los Angeles, California, where parents ran a restaurant. After the bombing of ...

Marshall M. Sumida

Nisei male. Born 1921 in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Los Angeles area prior to World War II. After the bombing of Pearl ...

Akio Suyematsu

Nisei male. Born October 30, 1921, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California, and was drafted into the U.S. army. Returned ...

Yoshimitsu Suyematsu

Nisei male. Born May 30, 1927, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Grew up on Bainbridge, where parents ran a strawberry farm. During World War II, removed ...

James "Turk" Suzuki

Nisei male. Born October 17, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, Washington, before being incarcerated in the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the ...

Midori Suzuki

Nisei female. Grew up in Half Moon Bay, California. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp ...

Nobu Suzuki

Nisei female, born 1909 in Seattle, Washington. Father established one of the largest oyster companies in the United States prior to World War II. Graduated ...

Warren Koichi Suzuki

Nisei male. Born February 27, 1921, in Seattle, Washington. At age ten, was sent to Japan to live and attend school. Returned to Seattle prior ...

Kay Sweeney

Japanese female. Born in Kagoshima, Japan. During World War II, served as a nurse with the Japanese army in Jakarta and Japan. After the war ...

Kan Tagami

Nisei male. Born February 21, 1918, in Selma, California. Drafted prior to World War II. During the war, served in the Military Intelligence Service with ...

Kenji Taguma

Sansei male, born 1969. Editor for the Nichi Bei Times, the oldest Japanese American bilingual newspaper in northern California. Son of a draft resister from ...

Mii Tai

Nisei female. Born 1923 in Spokane, Washington. Spent childhood in downtown Spokane where parents ran the Oriental Laundry. Family was active with the Methodist Episcopal ...

Minoru Tajii

Nisei male. Born February 23, 1924, in Brawley, California. Grew up in El Centro, California, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, was ...

Paul Takagi

Nisei male. Born May 3, 1923, in Auburn, California. Grew up in the Sacramento Valley, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed ...

Sanzui A. Takaha

Nisei male. Grew up in Half Moon Bay, California. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp ...

June Takahashi

Nisei female. Born 1926 in Petersburg, Alaska. Both mother and father were jailed in Petersburg after bombing of Pearl Harbor. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center ...

Mits Takahashi

Nisei male. Born October 22, 1924, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where father was a prominent member of the Japanese Gardeners Association. During ...

Yukiko Takahashi

Nisei female. Grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Was working as a maid in Seattle when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. During ...

Roy Takai

Nisei male. Born October 3, 1918, in Sacramento, California. During World War II, was drafted out of the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. Served with the ...

M. Jack Takayanagi

Nisei male. Born June 28, 1922, in San Jose, California. As a teenager, moved with family to West Los Angeles, where father was a gardener ...

Mary Takayanagi

Nisei female. Grew up in West Los Angeles, California, where parents farmed. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Left camp ...

Rae Takekawa

Sansei female. Born August 1927 in Bellevue, Washington. Raised on the family farm in Bellevue, Washington, prior to World War II. Was incarcerated at the ...

Bill Takemoto

Nisei male. Born and raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After the war, joined the ...

Victor Takemoto

Nisei male. Born October 27, 1926, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Parents were strawberry farmers before World War II. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed ...
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