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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

Dorothy Ikkanda

Nisei female. Born February 10, 1921, in Los Angeles, California. Grew up in Santa Monica, California. Married prior to World War II. During the war, …

Tom Ikkanda

Nisei male. Born August 22, 1917, in Los Angeles, California. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration camp, California. Worked for a reservoir …

Art Imagire

Nisei male. Born August 1, 1933, in Oakland, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, moved with family to Reno, Nevada, during the …

Gloria Toshiko Imagire

Nisei female. Born June 25, 1935, in Vacaville, California. Grew up in Vacaville before being removed to the Turlock Assembly Center, California, and the Gila …

Shig Imai

Nisei male. Born January 16, 1920, in Dee, Oregon. Grew up in Dee, a former sawmill town, where father worked for the Oregon Lumber Company. …

Ryo Imamura

Sansei male, born 1944 in the Gila River concentration camp, Arizona. His father was the late Rev. Kanmo Imamura, a former Bishop of Hawaii and …

Satsuki Ina

Sansei female. Born May 25, 1944, in the Tule Lake concentration camp, California. Her parents, both Kibei, grew up in San Francisco, California. During World …

Eddie M. Inaba

Nisei male. Born May 9, 1917, in Walnut Grove, California. Parents worked at Canal Ranch, an agricultural community, where they grew produce for Libby, McNeill …

Hiro Heidi Inahara

Nisei female. Born February 2, 1928, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in the Portland area, where parents ran a farm. During World War II, removed …

Toshio Inahara

Nisei male. Born 1921 in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Tacoma, Washington, where father ran a Japanese confectionery. In the early 1930s, moved with family …

Yutaka Inokuchi

Nisei male. Born August 25, 1924, in Waipahu, Hawaii. Grew up on the Waipahu sugar plantation where parents worked. Was attending Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu …

Daniel Inouye

Nisei male. Born September 7, 1924, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Served in the all-volunteer, all-Nisei, 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II, lost his right …

Ruby Inouye

Nisei female. Born November 17, 1920, in Seattle, Washington. Grew up in Seattle, and graduated salutatorian from Broadway High School. Was enrolled in the pre-medical …

Shizue Irei

Issei female. Born November 28, 1932, in Okinawa, Japan. Grew up in Japan where parents ran a farm. During World War II, when the Allied …

Lilly Kobayashi Irinaga

Nisei female. Born April 5, 1929, in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland where parents ran a hotel. In 1941, went with family on a …

Taeko Joanne Iritani

Nisei female. Born September 21, 1929, in Bakersfield, California. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, was removed to the Poston concentration camp, Arizona. After leaving …

Peter Irons

White male. Born 1940 in Salem, Massachusetts. Family moved frequently during his childhood due to father's employment. Strongly influenced by parents' values regarding racial tolerance …

George Iseri

Nisei male. Born April 23, 1920, in Thomas, Washington. Grew up in Thomas where father ran a general store. During World War II, removed to …

Yasuko Miyoshi Iseri

Nisei female, born 1938. Grew up in Culver City, California, where parents ran a nursery business. During World War II, removed to the Manzanar concentration …

Art Ishida

Nisei male. Born June 2, 1921, in Fresno, California. Grew up in the Gardena area of Los Angeles, California, before moving to Japan with parents …

Joe Ishikawa

Nisei male. Born July 29, 1919, in Los Angeles, California. Went to live in Japan as a college student, returning just prior to the bombing …

Dorothy Michiko Ishimatsu

Nisei female. Born June 17, 1927, in Mayfield, California. Grew up in the Mountain View area, where family ran a berry farm. After Japan bombed …

Sunao "Phil" Ishio

Nisei male. Born January 12, 1918, in Berkeley, California. Served in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II.

Gary M. Itano

Sansei male. Born April 3, 1949, in East Los Angeles. Grew up in South Central Los Angeles in the Watts neighborhood, where parents owned a …

Betty Fumiye Ito

Nisei female. Born April 29, 1918, in Seattle, Washington, and spent childhood in Medina and Bellevue, Washington. While in high school was a member of …
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