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Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story
2002, director: Jari Osborne
The Canadian government forced over 22,000 Japanese...
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Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story
Excerpt  (4:27) 2002, director: Jari Osborne
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The Canadian government forced over 22,000 Japanese Canadians from their homes in British Columbia following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and other Pacific targets on December 7, 1941. Many were interned, and others were relocated to work camps. Members of the Asahi Tigers, a pre-war Japanese-Canadian baseball team, recall the events. Canada issued compensation and an official apology in 1988.

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In pre-World War II 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 townspeople, and the baseball games helped to break down racial and cultural barriers. In Sleeping Tigers, award-winning director Jari Osborne skillfully weaves archival film and dramatic re-creations, along with candid interviews with the last of the Asahi, to tell this remarkable story.