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

Susan Hayase

Sansei female. Born 1956. Member of San Jose Nihonmachi Outreach Committee (NOC) and National Coalition for Redress/Reparations (NCRR). Helped recruit individuals to testify during the ...

Fumi Hayashi

Nisei female. Born January 24, 1925, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Los Angeles area, where parents ran a flower business. During World ...

Norm Hayashi

Sansei male. Born September 11, 1939, in Oakland, California. Grandfather, father, and other family members established a nursery business in San Francisco, California prior to ...

Fumiko Hayashida

Nisei female. Born January 21, 1911, in Winslow, Washington. Grew up in Japan and the Fletcher's Bay area of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Member of the ...

Seichi Hayashida

Nisei male. Born 1919 in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in a Japanese American farming community in Bellevue, Washington. Incarcerated at the Pinedale Assembly Center and ...

Elaine Ishikawa Hayes

Nisei female. Born June 30, 1923, in Willows, California. Grew up in Sacramento, California, prior to World War II. During the war, was removed to ...

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga

Nisei female. Born August 5, 1924, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in Sacramento and Los Angeles. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration ...

John "Jack" Herzig

White male, born July 30, 1922. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked with Japanese American interpreters during the U.S. occupation ...

Jane Hidaka

Nisei female. Born August 18, 1933, in La Jolla, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome ...

Richard Iwao Hidaka

Nisei male. Born April 11, 1928, in Modesto, California. Grew up in Modesto, where parents ran a laundry business and then a farm. During World ...

May Ota Higa

Nisei female. Born March 14, 1916, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle and Ellensburg, Washington, before going to Japan to teach just prior to ...

Hatsuko Mary Higuchi

Nisei female. Born January 31, 1939, in Los Angeles County, California. At a young age, removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona, with family. After ...

Dan Hinatsu

Nisei male. Born April 3, 1924, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed ...

Massie Hinatsu

Nisei female. Born August 16, 1930, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Grew up in Milwaukie, where parents ran a farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed ...

Lily C. Hioki

Nisei female. Born July 3, 1925, in San Jose, California. Moved with family frequently as a child before returning to San Jose for high school. ...

Bill Hirabayashi

Nisei male. Born September 12, 1923, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in small town of Thomas, where family was part of the White River Valley ...

Gordon Hirabayashi

Nisei male. Born April 23, 1918, in Seattle, Washington. Spent most of his childhood in Thomas, Washington, where his parents were part of a Christian ...

Grant Hirabayashi

Kibei male. Born November 9, 1919, in Thomas, Washington. Went to Japan at age twelve, attended school, and returned to the U.S. as a high ...

Jim Hirabayashi

Nisei male. Born October 30, 1926, in small town of Thomas, Washington, on family farm. Attended school in Auburn, Washington, before being removed to the ...

PJ Hirabayashi

Sansei female. Born May 18, 1950, in San Rafael, California. Grew up in San Rafael, eventually attending California State University, Hayward, and University of California, ...

Roy M. Hirabayashi

Sansei male. Born January 1, 1951, in Berkeley, California. Grew up in Oakland, and got involved with music at an early age. Attended Cal State ...

Shyoko Hiraga

Nisei female. Born 1927 in Denver, Colorado. Grew up in Denver, where father was a tailor, then established a newspaper, the Rocky Nippon. During World ...

Alice Setsuko Sekino Hirai

Nisei/Sansei female. Born November 8, 1939, in San Francisco, California. Removed to Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Family resettled in Salt ...

Izumi Hirano

Kibei male. Born February 25, 1929, in Hilo, Hawaii. At the age of four, moved to Japan, where family operated a farm. Attended school in ...

Fred Hirasuna

Nisei male. Born February 11, 1908, in Lodi, California. Resettled voluntarily to Mankato, Minnesota, prior to mass removal. Resettled in central California in 1947. Member ...
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