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

Art Ishida

Nisei male. Born June 2, 1921, in Fresno, California. Grew up in the Gardena area of Los Angeles, California, before moving to Japan with parents ...

Joe Ishikawa

Nisei male. Born July 29, 1919, in Los Angeles, California. Went to live in Japan as a college student, returning just prior to the bombing ...

Dorothy Michiko Ishimatsu

Nisei female. Born June 17, 1927, in Mayfield, California. Grew up in the Mountain View area, where family ran a berry farm. After Japan bombed ...

Sunao "Phil" Ishio

Nisei male. Born January 12, 1918, in Berkeley, California. Served in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. Mr. Ishio passed away on May ...

Betty Fumiye Ito

Nisei female. Born April 29, 1918, in Seattle, Washington, and spent childhood in Medina and Bellevue, Washington. While in high school was a member of ...

James O. Ito

Nisei male. Born August 10, 1914, in Riverside, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, California. Graduated from college before World War II. During the war ...

Mitsu Ito

Nisei male. Born August 20, 1924, in Mission, British Columbia, Canada. Grew up in Mission, attending school and helping on family farm. Left home to ...

Susumu Ito

Nisei male. Born July 27, 1919, in Stockton, California. Emeritus professor of anatomy at Harvard Medical School. During World War II, was second lieutenant, 522nd ...

Toshi Nagamori Ito

Nisei female. Born September 19, 1924, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles where father worked in Little Tokyo. During World War II ...

Toshio Ito

Mr. Hirotaka was born in 1910, Mr. Matsuzawa was born in 1913, and Mr. Ito in 1922. All three are Nisei males, born and raised ...

Willie K. Ito

Sansei male. Born 1934 in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, where he developed an early interest in Disney and the art of ...

Kazuko Iwahashi

Nisei female. Born December 16, 1929, in Berkeley, California. Grew up in Berkeley where parents operated a nursery business. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor ...

Nancy Iwami

Nisei female. Born May 20, 1914, in Watsonville, California. Grew up in Watsonville and married before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. During World War II ...

Mary Iwasaki

Nisei female. Born November 16, 1923, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where parents ran a hotel business. During World War II, was removed ...

Susumu Iwasaki

Nisei male. Born June 18, 1927, in Terminal Island, California. Grew up in Terminal Island before being removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, during ...

Chizuko Iyama

Nisei female. Grew up in San Francisco, California. During World War II, was removed to the Santa Anita assembly center, California, and the Topaz concentration ...

Ernie Iyama

Nisei male. Grew up in California. During World War II, was removed to the Tanforan assembly center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, Utah.

George Izumi

Nisei male. Born 1920 and raised in California. Removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. After World War II, attending ...

Toshiro Izumi

Nisei male. Born May 7, 1918, in Villa Park, California. Grew up on Terminal Island, California, where father was a fisherman. During World War II ...

Kitako Izumizaki

Nisei female. Born November 21, 1921, in Watsonville, California. Grew up in Watsonville, where family operated a truck farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor ...

Pramila Jayapal

Born September 21, 1965 in Madras, India. Attended the Jakarta International School in Indonesia before moving to the United States to attend college at Georgetown ...

James T. Johnston

White male, born 1939 in Arkansas. During World War II, father was the project director of the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas, and James, along with ...

William R. Johnston

White male, born 1936 in Arkansas. During World War II, father was the project director of the Rohwer concentration camp, Arkansas, and William, along with ...

Melvyn Juhler

White male. Born July 7, 1939, in Salinas, California. Parents owned and operated a farm in the Salinas area prior to World War II. During ...

Shizuko Kadoguchi

Nisei female. Born September 29, 1920, in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada. Went with parents to Japan in 1930, and attended school there. Returned to ...
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