On the first floor of the Fullerton College Library is a collection of Japanese dolls donated by Anita Shepardson, a math teacher at Fullerton Union High School and Fullerton College from 1916 to 1945.
Going above and beyond for her students
She wrote a play for her students, The Emperor's Doll, and invited the Los Angeles Times and other local media to attend their performance. In turn, the Japanese students presented Fullerton College with cherry trees and a Japanese garden.
An invitation to tour Japan
Fullerton College Library reports her interest and involvement with Southern California's Japanese Americans led to an invitation by the Japanese Consulate to tour Japan in 1938. Orange County's Japanese community paid her way.
Her lamp was always lighted
He recites an excerpt from a Robert Browning poem, "God gives each man one light, like a lamp, then gives that lamp due measure of oil. Lamp lighted--hold high, wave wide its comforts for others to share."
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