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More Than a Baseball Team: The Saga of the Vancouver Asahi

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This book is an adaptation of a Japanese language non-fiction work about

Canada’s first Japanese-Canadian championship baseball team, the

Vancouver Asahi, active from 1914 to 1941 (Toho Shobo, 2009).

The history of the Vancouver Asahi is ...

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Overview

This book is an adaptation of a Japanese language non-fiction work about

Canada’s first Japanese-Canadian championship baseball team, the

Vancouver Asahi, active from 1914 to 1941 (Toho Shobo, 2009).

The history of the Vancouver Asahi is also a history of the Japanese-

Canadian immigrant experience. The team was a part of the growth of

Little Tokyo in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Asahi dynasty was abruptly brought to a halt when the players,

along with the rest of the Japanese community, were relocated to

internment camps after Pearl Harbor. Team members, though separated,

still played baseball by organizing teams in the camps. Eventually, the

Mounties, who were the camp guards, became fans.

After the war, Japanese-Canadians were prevented from returning

to their homes on the west coast, and given a choice of living on the

east coast of Canada or being deported to Japan. Though the team never

revived, they were honored belatedly by induction into the Canadian

Baseball Hall of Fame.

The story of the Asahi is one of hope and perseverance in the face of

adversity and racial prejudice. It is a story about young men playing for

the love of the game, instilling pride not just in their community, but in all

of Canada as well.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9784990617202
  • Publisher: Media Tectonics
  • Publication date: 5/14/2012
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 1,316,669
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

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