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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

Kena Gimba

Nisei female. Born May 22, 1914, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Married before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and had two children. During World War II, removed …

Jean Shiraki Gize

Nisei female. Born June 16, 1938, in Alameda, California. Was age three when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Removed with family to …

Nancy Nakata Gohata

Sansei female. Born October 16, 1940, in Compton, California. As an infant, taken with family to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. After the government issued …

Kikuno Goi

Kibei Nisei couple. Kikuno was born in the United States, then moved to Japan with her family after her father passed away. In the lead …

Mitsuo Goi

Kibei Nisei couple. Kikuno was born in the United States, then moved to Japan with her family after her father passed away. In the lead …

Kazie Good

Nisei female. Born May 6, 1925, in Sacramento, California. During World War II, sent with family to the Sacramento Assembly Center, California, and the Tule …

Kenji Goto

Kibei male. Grew up in Kona, Hawaii. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, volunteered for the Military Intelligence and was an instructor at the language …

Fumiko Uyeda Groves

Nisei female. Born 1933 in Seattle, Washington. Parents operated a store in the Sanitary Market (now known as the Pike Place Market). Father was very …

Marietta Boyd Gruner

White female. Born July 25, 1943, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, where her father, Gene Boyd, worked for the Seattle Parks Department. Gene …

Ted Hachiya

Nisei male. Born June 23, 1921. Grew up in Portland, Oregon. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, received a permit to remain in Portland during mass …

Mae Hada

Nisei female. Born July 5, 1922, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland where father owned a clothing store. During World War II, removed to …

Haruye Murakami Hagiwara

Nisei female. Born March 25, 1928, in Hilo, Hawaii. Grew up in Hilo, where father worked for a Japanese-language newspaper. Following the bombing of Pearl …

Ted Hamachi

Nisei male. Born May 26, 1927, in San Gabriel, California. Grew up in the Covina area of California, where parents ran a farm. During World …

Mary Hamano

Nisei female. Born July 14, 1921, in San Gabriel, California. Spent childhood in Los Angeles where father operated a shoe repair business and grocery store. …

Charles Oihe Hamasaki

Nisei male. Born October 7, 1922, in Japan, while parents were visiting family. Came to the U.S. at three months old, and grew up in …

George Hanada

Nisei male. Born 1924 in Penryn, California. Spent most of childhood in San Jose, California, before being removed to Santa Anita Assembly Center, California, and …

Geri Handa

Geri Handa was born in San Jose, California, in 1948, and studied in the early 1970s at the School of Social Welfare at the University …

Art Hansen

White male. Born October 10, 1938, in Hoboken, New Jersey. Education History: BA, MA, Ph.D. at University of California, Santa Barbara. Work History: Professor of …

Earl Hanson

White male. Born June 29, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with many Japanese American friends. Observed the mass removal of …

George Hara

Nisei male. Born January 12, 1925, in Portland, Oregon, where parents ran a hotel business. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, …

Mae Kanazawa Hara

Nisei female. Born 1913 in Seattle, Washington. Spent childhood in Seattle before moving to Chicago, Illinois, for three years to study music. Taught music in …

Yoneko Hara

Nisei female. Born September 12, 1922, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland where family ran a greenhouse business. During World War II, removed to …

Taneyuki Dan Harada

Kibei male. Born June 17, 1923, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Los Angeles before moving to Japan and attending school. Returned to the …

Catherine Embree Harris

White female. Born October 30, 1919. Grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, before World War II. After college, took a job with the Office of Indian …

Jessie Hatsue Akiyama Okazaki Harry

Nisei female. Born October 24, 1925, in Parkdale, Oregon. Grew up in Parkdale, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed to the …
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