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.

880 narrators

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 …

Frank H. Hirata

Kibei-Nisei male. Born November 19, 1925, in Spokane, Washington. At the age of ten, went to Japan with grandfather. During World War II, was conscripted …

Mary Hirata

Nisei female. Born 1926, in Wenatchee, Washington. Grew up in Wenatchee and moved to Seattle with family in 1938. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, …

Frank Hiratsuka

Nisei male. Born July 16, 1926, in Alviso, California. Lived in various places in California as a child. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on …

Margaret Junko Morita Hiratsuka

Nisei female. Born July 22, 1928, in Seattle, Washington. Father ran a prominent hotel which was frequently patronized by visiting Japanese dignitaries. Father was picked …

George Hiromoto

Nisei male. Born 1921 in Courtland, California. Grew up in the Clarksburg area, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to Turlock …

Sachi Hiromoto

Nisei female. Born January 18, 1925, in Sacramento, California. Grew up in the small communities of Clarksburg and Courtland before the war. During World War …

Steve Hiromoto

Sansei male. After World War II, attended Japanese language school at the Clarksburg Holland Gakuen.

Carol Hirabara Hironaka

Nisei female. Born January 25, 1925, in Florin, California. Grew up in Florin, where parents operated a farm. During World War II, removed to the …

Norman I. Hirose

Nisei male. Born June 22, 1926, in Oakland, California. Grew up in Oakland and Berkeley, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family …

Tokio Hirotaka

Nisei male. Born 1910 in Bellevue, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Prior …

Mika Hiuga

Nisei female. Born in Hood River, Oregon. Grew up in Hood River, where parents owned and operated orchards. During World War II, removed to the …

William Hohri

Nisei male. Born March 13, 1927, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, was removed to the Manzanar …

Yuriko Hohri

Nisei female. Born May 25, 1929, in Long Beach, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and the Jerome …

Mutsu Homma

Issei female. Born June 19, 1911, in Tono City, Iwate-ken, Japan. Immigrated to the United States in 1929. Incarcerated at the Santa Anita Assembly Center, …

Edward K. Honda

Sansei male. Born July 7, 1945, in the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Parents were from Hawaii, but father was picked up by the FBI …

Tamiko Honda

Nisei female. Born September 14, 1924, in Santa Clara, California. Grew up in Santa Clara and Redwood City, California, before World War II. During the …

June M. Hoshida Honma

Nisei female. Born June 23, 1936, in Hilo, Hawaii. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, father was picked up by the FBI …

Takashi Hori

Nisei male. Born 1918 in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where parents owned hotels in the International District. In his interview, discusses Japanese American …

Sam Horino

Nisei male. Born July 17, 1914, in Gardena, California. Passively resisted "evacuation" in 1942, forcing two soldiers to carry him out of his home. Incarcerated …

Lillian Horita

Nisei female. Born November 9, 1929, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where parents ran a cleaning business. During World War II, removed to …
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