Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat

TV review by
Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Wonderful series based on Amy Tan's kids' book.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 8 reviews

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Gentle, uplifting moral messages focus on family and making good choices. Themes include curiosity and empathy.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat not only introduces a taste of Chinese language and culture, but it also often centers around Chinese moral lessons, such as respecting elders, making appropriate choices, acting honorably, and looking after the good of the whole. This series can be appreciated by all audiences.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byYuribana September 18, 2019

Good times.

I grew up watching this. At the time even my mom got into it. I was suprised when shw got a dvd for my daughters 4th birthday. She has watched it so many times... Continue reading
Parent Written byDigiGoggleHeadBoy September 10, 2018
For 2-6 year olds. In this show you follow a cat family as they show you how to get through common social and emotional skills.

Their website: https://web.arch... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byarthur16morgana January 19, 2011
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 July 6, 2010

I used to watch this when I was younger

It's a cute little show. I don't like it as much now, but I'm older. It teaches some about China so it's educational.
Written on 9/11/1

What's the story?

Based on a book by Amy Tan, SAGWA THE CHINESE SIAMESE CAT is set in an Imperial estate, where Sagwa (voiced by Holly Gauthier-Frankel) is the middle child in a family of cats. She plays with her siblings and sometimes verbally jousts with them, but she always takes care of her conflicts in a responsible way. Sagwa's grandparents are held in the highest esteem and treasured as role models -- Sagwa's family embraces individuality while encouraging family harmony. This series presents a thorough introduction to another culture: Chinese characters are shown, Mandarin Chinese is sung and spoken, mythological animals such as dragons are referred to, and the food, dress and customs are Chinese. Sagwa's best friend, Fu Fu (Rick Jones), is a bat whose name in Chinese means "lucky bat," and her grandfather (Neil Shee) is called "Yeh Yeh," which is an affectionate term for grandfather.

Is it any good?

This program seeks to culturally enrich its viewers and its beautiful visuals are a calming treat for the sensitive viewer. Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat doesn't attempt to appropriate another culture -- it actually immerses itself in its own, down to the tiniest details. The brief interlude between episodes -- called "What about you?" -- features real children discussing their interests and ideas. Such fortitude makes this program much more than yet another kids show -- it's one worth exploring with your kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Chinese cultural lessons in Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat. How are the clothes and customs the same or different form your own?

  • How does Sagwa show what it means to act honorably? Why respecting your elders is important?

  • How come family is important everywhere, in every country throughout history? How does the family in the show demonstrate this?

  • How do the characters in Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat display curiosity and empathy? Why are these important character strengths?

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