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

Eleanor Davis

White female. Born November 17, 1922, in Seattle, Washington. Parents were both chiropractors and supportive of Japanese Americans around the time of World War II ...

Russell Demo

White male. Born July 2, 1924, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco before being inducted into the military following the bombing of ...

Florence Ohmura Dobashi

Nisei female. Born October 1927 in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in several cities in California where father was a minister, but was living in ...

Perry Dobashi

Sansei male. Born in 1938 in San Jose, California. Raised in San Jose, where parents and grandparents owned a store in Japantown. Removed to Santa ...

Joan Ritchie Doi

Nisei female. Born in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Pomona Assembly Center, California, and the Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming.

Roy Doi

Nisei male. Born March 26, 1933, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento where father was a migrant farm laborer. During World War II, removed ...

Yoneko Dozono

Nisei female. Born February 4, 1915, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland before being sent to be educated in Japan at age sixteen. Married ...

Chester Earls

White male. Born in Spokane, Washington. Served as pastor of the First Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon, with a mainly Japanese American congregation, for thirteen ...

Roy Ebihara

Nisei male. Born January 11, 1934, in Clovis, New Mexico, where father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. On January 19, 1942, officials rounded up ...

Seiko Edamatsu

Nisei female. Born July 18, 1919 in Seattle, Washington. Spent childhood in Seattle's Nihonmachi (Japantown) where parents ran the U.S. Hotel. Attended Bailey ...

Tomiko Hayashida Egashira

Nisei female. Grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Transferred ...

Sue K. Embrey

Nisei female. Born January 6, 1923, in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, incarcerated at Manzanar concentration camp. Wrote for Manzanar Free Press while ...

Art Emi

Brother of Frank Emi, leader of the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee (FPC). While incarcerated, helped the FPC organize.

Frank Emi

Nisei male. Born September 23, 1916, in Los Angeles, California. Attended Los Angeles City College for one year before leaving to run the family produce ...

Chiyo Endo

Issei female. Born in Japan, where family owned and operated a silkworm business. At age fifteen, immigrated to the United States to join father who ...

Kay Endo

Nisei male. Born September 26, 1933, in Milwaukie, Oregon. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp ...

Phyllis Fechner

White female. Born July 8, 1930, in Fullerton, California. Grew up in Bishop, California. Remembers vising the Manzanar concentration camp, California, during World War II.

Takayo Tsubouchi Fischer

Nisei female. Born November 25, 1932, in Harwick, California. During World War II, at the age of nine, removed with family to the Fresno Assembly ...

Michael J. Forrester

White male. Born 1937 in Brooklyn, New York. Grew up in New York, where father was a mechanic. After World War II, enlisted in the ...

Tsuchino Forrester

Shin-Issei female. Born March 30, 1931 in Kasuga, Fukuoka, Japan. Grew up in Kasuga where parents ran a farm. Graduated from a girl's high ...

Joseph Frisino

Male of Italian and Irish descent. Born 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland. Grew up in the countryside outside of Baltimore with his parents, younger sister, and ...

Bob Fuchigami

Nisei male. Born May 15, 1930, in Marysville, California. Family operated a farm prior to World War II. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was ...

George Fugami

Kibei male. Born 1915 in Portland, Oregon. Sent with siblings to be educated in Japan when ten years old. Returned to the United States in ...

Aya Fujii

Nisei female. Born March 31, 1927, in Nyssa, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon ...

Ed Fujii

Nisei male. Born 1923 in Gresham, Oregon. Grew up in the Gresham/Troutdale area where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to ...
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