In pre-WWII Vancouver the Asahi baseball team
was unbeatable, outplaying the taller Caucasian teams and winning the
prestigious Pacific Northwest Championship for five straight years. When Japan
bombed Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government sent every person of Japanese
descent, whether born in Canada or not, to internment camps.
Faced with hardship and isolation, the former Asahi members
survived by playing baseball. Their passion for this quintessential North American
game soon attracted other players, including RCMP and local towns people, the
baseball games helped to break down racial and cultural barriers. In Sleeping Tigers, award-winning
director Jari Osborne skilfully weaves archival film and dramatic re-creations,
along with candid interviews with the last of the Asahi, to tell this
Length 51 minutes.
For more information on the Vancouver Asahi, please access this link to Historica Canada.
The film screening will occur at 5:00pm in the Garden pavilion.
Located on the corner of 9th Avenue South and Mayor Magrath Drive
(Next to Henderson Lake) in Lethbridge, Alberta - Canada Phone: (403) 328-3511 Fax: (403) 328-0511