If you please

Sagwa

It’s been brought to my attention that my mom’s cat, Myrna is a reader of this blog.  That brings total readership up to four!

In honor of that milestone, today’s post is for Myrna.  Actually, I stumbled across this while searching YouTube for educational videos about Siamese cats.  Were you aware that there was a Siamese cat with her own cartoon show?  We all know the “evil” (i.e., they weren’t dogs) Siamese cats from Lady & The Tramp.  Personally, I loved those two badasses, but let’s face it, they were clearly results of Disney’s harsh anti-catism as well as some not-too-subtle racial stereotyping.

Fear not! Canada is here to right those wrongs!  In 2001 a Canadian animation studio in partnership with the Sesame Street Workshop produced a show for PBS Kids called, Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese Cat.

According to Wikipedia:

Sagwa resides in the palace of a magistrate in of pre-colonial Hong Kong (possibly during the Qing, as shown by the characters’ clothes), part of a royal family of cats who have the ability to write with their tail. She and her siblings, along with various other cats and Fu-Fu the bat partake in adventures that are usually accompanied by moral lessons, as is typical with most children’s shows. However, one aspect that sets this show apart is its display of various aspects of Chinese culture, which helps promote awareness and understanding of other ethnicities.

Who knew?

Here’s part one of the first episode, and there’s a ton more on YouTube here.  Alas, not on streaming Amazon or Netflix.

3 Responses to “If you please”

  1. mom Says:

    Myrna and I enjoyed this so much. Thank You

  2. Suan Says:

    I used to watch this show – mostly for the cats (and bat) but also for aspects of Chinese culture. Worth catching on YouTube.

  3. Janet Says:

    I had completely forgotten that this show existed. We watched it until PBS Kids changed over to PBS Sprout or some such thing. I remember that the cook really liked the family of cats and always saved food for them while he was cooking for the magistrate’s family.
    I hope that Myrna is able to enjoy an episode or two. It was a cute show.

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