Asahi Junior team members, 1919

Nikkei (neek-kay)

Japanese term meaning ‘of Japanese descent,’ referring to Japanese immigrants and their descendants.

Into the Mainstream


Without the right to vote, and barred from certain professions, sport and education were areas where Nikkei could feel like they belonged in the larger society. Asahi players participated in the Danwakai, a youth discussion group formed to exchange current opinions, and the Gakuyukai, an organization of Vancouver Japanese Language School graduates.


Asahi Junior team members in a group portrait with their Lord Strathcona School baseball team, ca. 1919. Suga Family Collection. Japanese Canadian National Museum. Middle Row, L-R: [unidentified], Mickey Sato, George Kato, Ty Suga, Harry Mizuno.