This animated short tells the story of Kwan Ming, a man who left China to live and work in the New World. Once at destination, Kwan Ming and three traveling companions look for work but find nothing. When opportunities finally arise, Kwan Ming lets his friends have the best jobs and takes a lowly position as helper to a mean storeowner. But his generosity pays off when his friends help him with a very difficult task.
Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.
Ages 6 to 9
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships
In this film, Kwan Ming’s friends are his family and they help each other in a new country. Have a class discussion about different types of “families” and how they support each other. Have students draw a picture of their family and discuss how it is okay to have a different type of family. Friendships are just as important as family: Discuss how to keep all relationships healthy.