The Sacramento chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, the oldest and largest Japanese civil rights organization in the United States, honored Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada at their 17th annual Community Awards Dinner in Sacramento this month.
Yamada, a Davis Democrat, was honored for her work on behalf of California’s aging population, including honoring centenarians in her district by highlighting the Japanese national holiday, Keiro No Hi, or Respect for the Aged Day. Yamada also was hailed for authoring civil rights legislation ensuring religious accommodation in employment.
The chapter presented her with Japanese calligraphy by artist Harumi Hashimoto depicting the words “Bunka Isan” or “Cultural Heritage.”
Yamada also was honored this fall with the Distinguished Service Award from the California Long-Term Care Ombudsman Association and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
She chairs the Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care Committee, and was recognized for authoring AB 40, legislation that protects seniors and dependent adults residing in long-term care facilities.