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Oral Histories

The Hanashi ("to talk") Oral History Archives is the world's largest collection of Japanese American World War II veterans' life histories. It contains more than 1,245 professional-quality video interviews of WWII Nisei veterans as well as their contemporaries in the war effort, dating from 1998 to today.

The Hanashi Archives is free and open to teachers, students, scholars and anyone interested in learning more about the Nisei soldiers.

More than 700 full-length interviews are now available online on this website.

For use in non-educational settings including documentaries, exhibits and online resources, please contact us at for further information.

  • Access the online Hanashi oral history archives.
  • For a list of the interviews available online, click here.
  • Looking for brief clips from the oral histories? View our collection of Hanashi "shorts."
  • For access to the full library of oral history videos, including those currently unavailable online, please contact us.
  • Learn more about the Hanashi Oral History Program.

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