Katsuma Mukaeda was an Issei lawyer, community activist, and long-time president of the Japanese American Cultural and Community
Center in Los Angeles, California. The collection consists of personal correspondence, photographs, community service medals,
and biographical information spanning from 1941 to 1995.
Katsuma Mukaeda was born on November 19, 1890 in the Kumamoto prefecture of Japan. He immigrated to the United States in 1908
and began working on his uncle’s strawberry farm in Arcadia, California. Following the death of his uncle, Mukaeda, went on
to attend the YMCA High School in Los Angeles and later attended college at the University of Southern California and the
Southwestern University School of Law. His educational background and bilingual abilities allowed him to become a respected
businessman and community leader in pre-War Los Angeles. Prior to the outbreak of World War II, he imported American films
into Japan, held leadership positions in the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Central Japanese Association, and served as
a court interpreter.
5 folders, 5 medals, 15 panorama photographs
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