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.

902 narrators

Emi Somekawa

Nisei female. Born May 10, 1918, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the small town of Brooks, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. Prior to …

Mary Jean Spallino

White female. Born June 18, 1919, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Grew up in Los Angeles, California, and attended UCLA. During World War II, recruited to teach …

Marjorie Matsushita Sperling

Nisei female. Born July 27, 1922, in Wapato, Washington. Grew up in Wapato, where family ran a farm. Was attending the University of Washington when …

Margaret Stanicci

Nisei female. Born December 28, 1918, in La Crescenta, California. Grew up in California where father operated a flower business. During World War II, removed …

Elaine Clary Stanley

White female. Born April 5, 1920, in Union town, Kansas. Grew up in California, where parents moved when she was young. During World War II, …

Sally Sudo

Nisei female. Born December 1, 1935, in Seattle, Washington. During World War II, removed with family to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka …

Kenji Suematsu

Nisei male. Born April 29, 1934, in Brawley, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Father was arrested by the FBI and mother had a …

Jiro Sugidono

Nisei male. Born October 25, 1923, in Watsonville, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed to the Salinas Assembly Center, California, and the Poston …

Ann Sugimoto

Nisei female. Born September 22, 1916, in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Venice, California. Married before World War II, and removed during the …

Shigeki Sugiyama

Nisei male. Born December 19, 1927, in Alameda, California. Grew up in Alameda. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. While …

Alice E. Sumida

Nisei female. Born July 18, 1914, in Osco Flaco, California. Grew up in Pismo Beach, California. During World War II, moved to a farm labor …

Frank Sumida

Nisei male. Born August 10, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois. Grew up primarily in Los Angeles, California, where parents ran a restaurant. After the bombing of …

Marshall M. Sumida

Nisei male. Born 1921 in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in the Los Angeles area prior to World War II. After the bombing of Pearl …

Akio Suyematsu

Nisei male. Born October 30, 1921, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California, and was drafted into the U.S. army. Returned to …

Yoshimitsu Suyematsu

Nisei male. Born May 30, 1927, on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Grew up on Bainbridge, where parents ran a strawberry farm. During World War II, removed …

Bob Suzuki

Nisei-han male. Born January 2, 1936, in Portland, Oregon, where father worked for the railroad. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, …

James "Turk" Suzuki

Nisei male. Born October 17, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, Washington, before being incarcerated in the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the …

Midori Suzuki

Nisei female. Grew up in Half Moon Bay, California. During World War II, removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz concentration camp, …

Nobu Suzuki

Nisei female. November 25, 1909, in Seattle, Washington. Father established one of the largest oyster companies in the United States prior to World War II. …

Warren Koichi Suzuki

Nisei male. Born February 27, 1921, in Seattle, Washington. At age ten, was sent to Japan to live and attend school. Returned to Seattle prior …

Kay Sweeney

Japanese female. Born 1922 in Kagoshima, Japan. During World War II, served as a nurse with the Japanese army in Jakarta and Japan. After the …

Kan Tagami

Nisei male. Born February 21, 1918, in Selma, California. Drafted prior to World War II. During the war, served in the Military Intelligence Service with …

Kenji Taguma

Sansei male, born 1969. Editor for the Nichi Bei Times, the oldest Japanese American bilingual newspaper in northern California. Son of a draft resister from …

Mii Tai

Nisei female. Born 1923 in Spokane, Washington. Spent childhood in downtown Spokane where parents ran the Oriental Laundry. Family was active with the Methodist Episcopal …

Minoru Tajii

Nisei male. Born February 23, 1924, in Brawley, California. Grew up in El Centro, California, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, was …
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