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Vince Matsudaira

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Vince Matsudaira
BornVincent Akira Matsudaira
(1944-07-16) July 16, 1944 (age 76)
Hunt, Idaho
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Washington
💼 Occupation
Film producer
👩 Spouse(s)Charlotte Matsudaira[1]

Vincent Akira "Vince" Matsudaira (born July 16, 1944)[2] is an American film and television producer and director, known for directing America at its Best: Legacy of Two Nisei Patriots and Kash: The Legend and Legacy of Shiro Kashino.[3][4]


Matsudaira was the son of a large family headed by Thomas Matsudaira. He has eight brothers and four sisters, including John Matsudaira.[5] He graduated from the University of Washington in 1968[6] and served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.[7][8]

Interned at Minidoka during World War II, Matsudaira wrote an article about the internment of Japanese Americans for The Los Angeles Times in 1972.[9] He began his directing career in Hollywood and taught film studies at Seattle Central Community College.[10] He was an English language editor for the North American Post in 2005.[11]

Matsudaira contributed between $50 to $99 to relief efforts conducted after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[12]

Selected filmography[edit]


  • J-Men Forever (1979)
  • Your clothing can burn! (1981)[13]
  • Foods, fads and facts (1982)[14]
  • America at its Best: Legacy of Two Nisei Patriots (2001)[15]
  • Kash: The Legend and Legacy of Shiro Kashino (2011)[16]

Television series[edit]

  • V (1985)
  • L.A. Law (1986–1987)
  • Drug Wars: The Camarena Story (1990)


  1. McQuilken, Debbie (March 2004). "NVC Scholarship Award Winners Congratulations!". NVC and NVC Foundation. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  2. "Matsudaira, Akira Vincent". Densho Digital Repository. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  3. Dong, Lan (2016-03-14). Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms. ABC-CLIO. p. 386. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. Winfrey, Yayoi Lena (2012-02-01). "Japanese Directors Inspire in Films of Redemption". The International Examiner. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  5. "John Matsudaira". Legacy.com. The Seattle Times. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  6. "University of Washington - Tyee Yearbook (Seattle, WA) - Class of 1968". E-Yearbook.com. 1968. p. 500. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  7. "Eight Soldiers from Family the Matudairas is Topic in 1964". Nikkei Newspapers Digital Archive. North American Post. 2011-11-16. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  8. "Vincent Akira Matsudaira". NVC Foundation Japanese American Memorial Wall. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  9. "The Internment of U.S. Citizens". Newspapers.com. The Los Angeles Times. 1972-11-13. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  10. Lau, Alan Chong (2011-12-07). "Arts Etc. – 12/07/2011". The International Examiner. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  11. "WSU Student Conduct Officers Clear Basketball Players of Racial Harassment Allegations". The North American Post. Pullman. 2005-03-09. Archived from the original on 2006-03-28. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  12. "Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund Summary Report". Issuu. Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. 2016-01-12. p. 109. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  13. "Study skills--researching and writing a report, Fire drill!, Driving under the influence". Copyright Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  14. Irving, Holly Berry (March 1989). "Adult Nutrition Education Materials" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education. National Agricultural Library. p. 11. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  15. "America at its Best: Legacy of Two Nisei Patriots (film)". Densho. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  16. Johnston, George Toshio (2012-01-05). "Into the Next Stage: Matsudaira's 'Kash' Ready for the World". The Rafu Shimpo. Retrieved 2018-05-30.

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