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

Yae Wada

Nisei female. Born November 3, 1919, in Berkeley, California. Grew up in Berkeley, where father ran a laundry business. Graduated from school and opened a …

Kimi Wakabayashi

Issei female. Born March 27, 1912, in Binmanji, Japan. Grew up and married in Japan, before immigrating with husband to Canada in 1931, eventually settling …

Ron Wakabayashi

Sansei male. Born November 13, 1944, in Reno, Nevada, where parents had resettled after leaving the concentration camps in Topaz, Utah, and Rohwer, Arkansas, during …

John Wakamatsu

Sansei male. Born August 2, 1952, in Los Angeles, California. In this interview, discusses his father's life as a Nisei and soldier in the 442nd …

Yooichi Wakamiya

Nisei male. Born July 10, 1933, in Hawthorne, California. Grew up in Hawthorne where parents ran a flower growing business. During World War II, removed …

George Kiyo Wakatsuki

Nisei male. Born December 10, 1931, in Guadalupe, California. Grew up in Santa Monica, California, where father was a fisherman. Family moved to Terminal Island, …

Lloyd K. Wake

Nisei male. Born January 12, 1922, in Reedley, California. Grew up in Reedley, where parents ran a farm. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was …

Takae Tanino Walts

Nisei female. Born August 4, 1930, in Bellevue, Washington. Grew up in Bellevue, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the …

Alley Watada

Nisei male. Born July 20, 1930, in Plateville, Colorado. Grew up in Fort Lupton, Colorado, where parents ran a farm. Continued farming in Fort Lupton …

Ehren Watada

Male of Japanese and Chinese American descent. Born 1978 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Graduated from Hawaii Pacific University in 2003, and enlisted in the U.S. Army. …

Yoshimi Hasui Watada

Nisei female. Born August 23, 1935, in Brawley, California. Grew up in the town of Niland, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, moved along …

Anne Yuki Watanabe

Yonsei female. Born in 1990 in Champaign, Illinois. Father's family is from Canada and her mother is from Japan. Paternal grandparents were incarcerated in Tashme …

Edith Watanabe

Nisei female. Born August 29, 1921, in Seattle, Washington. Spent prewar years in Burlington, Washington. Was just starting college when incarcerated at Tule Lake concentration …

Harvey Watanabe

Nisei male. Born February 7, 1919, in Exeter, California. Spent prewar childhood in Visalia, California. Drafted prior to World War II. Served in an activated …

Iku Amatatsu Watanabe

Nisei female. Grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington. During World War II, removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California, and transferred to the …

June T. Watanabe

Nisei female. Born 1924 in Venice, California. Grew up in Lawndale, California, where parents farmed. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita Assembly …

Louie Watanabe

Nisei male. Born August 22, 1925, in Walnut Grove, California. Grew up in Walnut Grove, where parents owned and operated a restaurant and rooming house. …

Martha Watanabe

Born in Chicago, Illinois. During the Redress Movement, worked for the Department of Justice's Office of Redress Administration (ORA), which was established to identify and …

Mary Ishimoto Watanabe

Nisei female. Born September 29, 1920, in San Jose, California. Grew up in Cupertino, California. Attending San Jose State College when World War II broke …

Masao Watanabe

Nisei male. Born December 10, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up near the Nihonmachi area of Seattle. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and …

Matsue Watanabe

Nisei female. Born July 12, 1927, and raised in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California, during World War II. Left camp to …

May Ohmura Watanabe

Nisei female. Born May 13, 1922, in Chico, California. Grew up in Chico, where parents ran a produce store. Was in college when Japan bombed …

Warren H. Watanabe

Nisei male. Born August 12, 1921, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco, where father worked as the executive secretary of the Japanese …

Wesley K. Watanabe

Ni-ten-gosei (Nisei/Sansei) male. Born May 20, 1935, in Tacoma, Washington. Spent early childhood in Kent, Washington, and was removed with family to the Pinedale Assembly …

Bill Watanabe

Nisei male. Born January 5, 1944, in the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After World War II, left camp with family for the Los Angeles area, …
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