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.

900 narrators

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

Nisei male. Born 1922 in Bellevue, Washington. During World War II, incarcerated at the Pinedale Assembly Center, California, and Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Prior …

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. WGrew 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 …

Lisa Johnson

Born in Alexandria, Virginia. During the Redress Movement, the Department of Justice's Office of Redress Administration (ORA) was established to identify and administer reparations payments …

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 …

Akira Kageyama

Nisei male. Born July 2, 1916, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Los Angeles area. Lost both parents at an early age, and …

Glenn H. Kageyama

Sansei male. Born March 6, 1947, in Los Angeles, California. Son of Akira Kageyama, one of the key players in the guyaule rubber-producing project at …

Keiko Kageyama

Nisei female. Born January 2, 1920, in Monterey Park, California. Grew up in several different places in California, where parents ran truck farming businesses. During …

Jane Kaihatsu

Sansei female. Born June 2, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois. During World War II, her father's family was sent to the Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, …
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