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

Sumiko Yamauchi

Nisei female. Born January 11, 1927, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, where parents ran a florist shop. During World War II, …

Wakako Yamauchi

Nisei female. Born October 23, 1924, in Westmorland, California. Grew up in the Imperial Valley before being removed with family to the Poston concentration camp, …

James Yamazaki

Nisei male. Born July 6, 1916. Grew up in the Los Angeles area, where father was a Buddhist minister. Attended medical school before World War …

Paul Yamazaki

Sansei male. Born April 17, 1949, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shortly afterward, moved with parents to Hiroshima, Japan, where father worked with the Atomic Bomb Casualty …

Chiyoko Yano

Nisei female. Born February 27, 1918, in Oakland, California. Grew up in Oakland before being removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz …

David Yano

Sansei male. Born July 19, 1944, in Washington, D.C. Grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. Volunteered for the army and served in Germany. Raised …

George Yano

Sansei male. Born July 6, 1942, in Fort Lupton, Colorado. Compiled an extensive family history detailing parents' participation in a "voluntary evacuation" from Milpitas, California, …

Yoshiye Handa Yasuda

Nisei female. Born August 26, 1934, in San Francisco, California. Grew up in San Francisco's Japantown neighborhood, where father ran a carpentry business. During World …

Homer Yasui

Nisei male. Born December 28, 1924, in Hood River, Oregon. Grew up in Hood River, where father and uncles ran a store. During World War …

Minoru Yasui

Nisei male. Born October 19, 1916, in Hood River, Oregon. Earned a law degree from the University of Oregon law school and was practicing law …

Miyuki Yasui

Nisei female. Born September 18, 1926, in South Pasadena, California. Grew up in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Santa Anita …

Joe Yasutake

Nisei male. Born May 25, 1932, in Seattle, Washington. Father employed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as interpreter for twenty years, until separated …

Tosh Yasutake

Nisei male. Born June 10, 1922, in Seattle, WA. Father was employed by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as interpreter for twenty years, until …

Kay Yatabe

Sansei female. Born April 16, 1948 in Berkeley, California. During World War II, parents were incarcerated at the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and the Topaz …

Grace Kubota Ybarra

Sansei female. Daughter of Guntaro Kubota, an Issei immigrant and one of the leaders of the Heart Mountain Fair Play Committee. Incarcerated at Heart Mountain, …

Paul Yempuku

Kibei male. Born January 5, 1927, in Kahuku, Hawaii. Moved to Japan with family at age six, and attended school in Japan. Worked in a …

Susumu Yenokida

Nisei male. Born June 28, 1925, in Turlock, California. Grew up in the Cortez, California, area. During World War II, was removed to the Merced …

Wally Yonamine

Nisei-han male. Born June 24, 1925, in Maui, Hawaii. Grew up in a small village on a sugar plantation. Played football in high school, transferring …

Kazumi Yoneyama

Nisei male. Born March 10, 1932, in Hollywood, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, family moved to Sanger, California, to avoid mass removal, but …

George Yoshida

Nisei male. Born April 9, 1922, in Seattle, Washington. Parents immigrated from Japan in the early 1900s. Attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary School and Washington Middle …

Hubert Yoshida

Sansei male. Born April 20, 1939, in Salinas, California. Grew up in Watsonville, California, where father's parents farmed. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed …

Ken Yoshida

Nisei male. Born July 31, 1923, in Tacoma, Washington. Lived in Tacoma for a few years before moving with family to Redwood City, California, where …

Mary T. Yoshida

Nisei female. Born June 6, 1923, in Central Point, Oregon. While in elementary school, sent to live with a foster family in Medford, Oregon. Was …

Masako Yoshida

Nisei female. Born July 14, 1924, in Seattle, Washington. Spent early years in Seattle before family moved to the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, …

Yaeko Yoshihara

Nisei female. Born August 23, 1929, in Bainbridge Island, Washington. During World War II, removed with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After the …
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