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.

987 narrators

Peggy Tanemura

Ni-ten-gosei (half Nisei, half Sansei) female. Born June 3, 1932, in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington; Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho; and …

Setsu Tsuboi Tanemura

Nisei female. Born February 28, 1930, in Portland, Oregon. After losing mother at age two, went to live with a Swedish family until age nine. …

Jim M. Tanimoto

Nisei male. Born June 3, 1923, in Marysville, California. Grew up in Marysville, California, eventually moving to Gridley, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor …

Kazue Murakami Tanimoto

Nisei female. Born January 28, 1919, in Hilo, Hawaii. Grew up in Hilo before moving to Japan in 1934. Attended school in Japan, returning to …

Bill Tashima

In this interview, Ana Tanaka led a conversation with Bill Tashima. Bill spoke of his growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, his early involvement with JACL …

John Tateishi

Nisei male. Born August 21, 1939, in Lawndale, California. Served as National Redress Director of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and was involved in …

Dave Tatsuno

Nisei male. Born March 31, 1913, in San Francisco, California. Spent difficult childhood years in San Francisco under care of a guardian while family lived …

Irene Yamauchi Tatsuta

Nisei female. Born May 3, 1935, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle. During World War II, removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and …

Clyde Taylor

White male. Born February 16, 1930, in Hollywood, California. Grew up in Oregon before family moved to Big Pine, California, prior to World War II. …

Elmer Tazuma

Issei male. Born March 30, 1916, in Kure, Japan. Immigrated with parents to Seattle as a child, where parents ran several hotels and apartment buildings …

Celeste Teodor

Nisei female. Born June 24, 1936, in Los Angeles, California. Placed for adoption and was living in an orphanage when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in …

Hiroshi Terry Terakawa

Nisei male. Born January 3, 1929, in Kyoto, Japan. Came to United States as a young child with parents. Moved frequently as a child due …

Kay Teramura

Nisei male. Born May 8, 1914. Grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly …

Asano Terao

Issei female. Born 1897 in Hiroshima, Japan. Graduated from Shintoku Jikka Girls' High School. Married Mr. Shizuto Terao, an Issei who returned to Japan temporarily …

Tomiye Terasaki

Kibei female. Born October 5, 1910, in San Francisco, California. At age three, sent to live with grandfather and receive education in Fukuoka, Japan. After …

Bill Thompson

Nisei male of Japanese and Scottish descent. Born in Hilo, Hawaii, 1924. Volunteered and served in the all Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Headquarter's …

Clyde Tichenor

White male. Born August 28, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois. Lost father at an early age and moved to Los Angeles, California. While in Los Angeles, …

Takeko Yokoyama Todo

Nisei female. Born April 3, 1927, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where father was a truck driver and mother was a Japanese language …

Evelyn Togami

Nisei female. Born December 9, 1920, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When World War II broke out, the family was living in California. To avoid being …

Rudy Tokiwa

Nisei male. Born July 7, 1925, near San Jose. Grew up in Salinas, California, until he went to Japan at the age of thirteen. Studied …

Kip Tokuda

In this session, Ana Tanaka led a panel of Kip Tokuda's friends (Janice Deguchi, Akemi Matsumoto, Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, Barbara Lui, and Bill Tashima) …

Aiko Tengan Tokunaga

Nisei female. Born September 8, 1943, in Naha, Okinawa, to a Nisei mother born in Hawaii and father from mainland Japan. Father was killed during …

Tosh Tokunaga

Nisei male. Born January 2, 1925, in Selleck, Washington. Grew up in the Selleck logging camp before moving with family to Seattle, Washington, for high …

Chiye Tomihiro

Nisei female. Born December 20, 1924, in Portland, Oregon. Incarcerated at the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Resettled first in Denver, …

Kenji Tomita

Nisei male. Born August 25, 1924, in Alameda, California. Grew up in Alameda, where father ran a food wholesaling business. Was in high school when …
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