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Orange County West Justice Center to be renamed after Justice Stephen K. Tamura

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On April 16, 2020, in the middle of statewide stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, the California Judicial Council approved the re-naming of the West Justice Center of the Orange County Superior Court in Westminster, California, for Stephen K. Tamura. An effort led by Presiding Judge Kirk H. Nakamura, Central Justice …

Kizuna 2020: Nikkei Kindness and Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

George Freeth, the Village of Maikura, and the 1918-1920 Pandemic

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The Wintersburg Village Japanese Association and fireworks in the Huntington Beach Township

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Mas Masuda: A Hero's Century in Orange County

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“Acts of courage can be remembered for ages”, wrote columnist Stephen Greenhut fifteen years ago, in November 1992, as he recalled R.C. Hoiles, publisher of the Santa Ana Register (later, Orange County Register and Freedom Communications). Hoiles bought the newspaper in 1935 with a guiding philosophy to “believe in moral …

Two Decembers: 1934 and 1948

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In December 1934, the communities of Wintersburg Village and Huntington Beach gathered to dedicate the newest house of worship for the Wintersburg Japanese Mission. Formally recognized as a Church with the Presbyterian Church USA in 1930, the Wintersburg Japanese Mission was marking its 30th anniversary in 1934.

Moving Day: May 17, 1942

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May 10, 1942: Civilian Exclusion Orders 60 and 61

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The day everyone had been both waiting for and dreading was finally here. Civilian Exclusion Order No. 60 and No. 61 were published on May 10, 1942. Within 24 to 48 hours, every individual or family with full or partial Japanese ancestry—both those classified as “alien” and those who were …

May 5, 1942: Within days, Civilian Exclusion Orders and saying goodbye in Orange County

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Cherry blossoms and poppies: A 1935 banquet with the Japanese Consul in Huntington Beach

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The Marriage that Made Headlines

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Imagine having your marriage examined on the front page of metropolitan newspapers across the country and around the world. This was the case for the Wintersburg Japanese Presbyterian Mission’s first minister and his bride in the winter of 1910, the Reverend Joseph Kenichi Inazawa and Miss Kate Alice Goodman.

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Mary Adams Urashima is a governmental affairs and media relations consultant in Huntington Beach, California. She chairs the effort to save and preserve Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, California, a century-old goldfish farm and mission which is iconic of Japanese American pioneer settlement of the American West and of the struggle for civil liberties.

A former journalist and editor, Mary is the author of Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach (History Press) and publishes two local history blogs in Orange County, California: Historic Wintersburg and Historic Huntington Beach.

Her efforts led to Historic Wintersburg being named one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in June 2014 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington D.C. Currently, the effort to save Historic Wintersburg continues in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Mary currently is researching for her next book, which will focus on Historic Wintersburg and Orange County's Japanese Americans during World War II forced evacuation and confinement. Some of this research includes the experiences at the Colorado River Relocation Center at Poston, Arizona, and at the Gila River Relocation Center, also in Arizona.

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