Sesame Street Debuts First Asian American Muppet

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Sesame StreetTelevision history was made when it introduced its first Asian American puppet since 1952, the first broadcast of children’s television program. America’s most beloved children’s program, American’s Kids’ Show, made an unexpected friend when Ji-Young was introduced as a seven-year-old Korean American. Sesame Workshop puppeteer Ji-Young played the new puppet character. Kathleen KimThis new addition joins the long-standing favourites Big Bird, Bert and Ernie as well as Oscar, Elmo, Oscar The Grouch, Elmo and Abby Cadabby.

 Ji-Young will be a part of “See Us Coming Together: A Sesame StreetThe Thanksgiving special “Special” is scheduled to be aired on Thanksgiving.

It’s powerful for kids to see others like them onscreen and in stories. This supports their journey of discovering who and what they want to become. Alan Muraoka, a longtime Sesame StreetIn a statement, cast member and “See Us Coming Together” co-director said. “We are excited for families to come to Sesame Street to learn more about Ji-Young, and also to see the neighborhood’s Asian and Pacific Islander residents!”