Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story Thursday, October 14, 2004 - 7:00 pm

Admission: Screenings at the Canadian Embassy are open to the public, but reservations are required. For reservations call 202-682-7797. Photo ID is required for admittance.

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Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story

Jari Osborne



The Asahi Tigers, a Japanese Canadian baseball team from pre-World War II Vancouver, was the underdog in a league full of taller, stronger Caucasian teams. Skill, speed and precision, however, were on their side as they brought home five consecutive Pacific Northwest Championships and won the devotion of their Little Tokyo community. The bombing of Pearl Harbor found this celebrated team suddenly immersed in the world of racial discrimination and internment camps during this pivotal, unforgiving moment in history. Combining archival footage, recreations and interviews with the few remaining members of the team, this inspiring documentary sheds light on the near-forgotten story of the Asahi Tigers. It is a fascinating tale about a team and individuals who overcame racial barriers through their passion for the game of baseball.

Festival History:
2003 San Diego Asian Film Festival
2004 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (NAATA)
2004 NY Asian American International Film Festival (Asian Cinevision)

Venue Information

Canadian Embassy
501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001