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California Social Work Hall of Distinction
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Mariko Yamada (1950-)

Mariko Yamada was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1950 after her family’s release from the Manzanar War Relocation Center, one of ten such Japanese American internment camps established during World War II. She witnessed the effects on her family of th...
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The Hall of Distinction:
The California Social Work Hall of Distinction was created to honor those involved in bringing about the betterment of society. We also want to ensure that the contributions of social work leaders, innovators and pioneers would be recognized and preserved for the future.