Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat

Common Sense Media says

Wonderful series based on Amy Tan's kids' book.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Gentle, uplifting moral messages focus on family and making good choices.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this delightful show 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.

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Kids say

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?

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This program seeks to culturally enrich its viewers and its beautiful visuals are a calming treat for the sensitive viewer. Sagwa 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it means to act honorably, why respecting your elders is important, and how family is important everywhere, in every country throughout history. Families can also discuss the cultural details they see. How are the clothes and customs different?

TV details

Cast:Holly Gauthier-Frankel, Oliver Grainger, Rick Jones
Network:PBS
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD
Award:Common Sense Media Award

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Teen, 14 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
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Great Intro to China

This show is a great introduction to Chinese culture without being preachy. It teaches important Chinese values and encourages kids to learn about other cultures. Chinese words, food, customs, and martial arts are introduced.
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy February 27, 2013
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Wonderful show that takes me back to my childhood.

This show was PERFECT.I loved everything about it.The animation,the acting,the charm,the theme song,just awesome.I loved this show,and I still do.Sagwa FTW.
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 25, 2012
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sagwa chinese siamese cat

this program much more than yet another kids show -- it's one worth exploring with your kids. Families can talk about what it means to act honorably, why respecting your elders is important, and how family is important everywhere, in every country throughout history. Families can also discuss the cultural details they see. How are the clothes and customs different?
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