November 26, 2022

‘Sesame Street’ to Debut Korean American Character Ji-Young

A Korean American puppet named Ji-Young is making historical past as the primary Asian American Muppet to be part of the solid of Sesame Avenue.

The 7-year-old character will make her debut as a part of the upcoming present See Us Collectively: A Sesame Avenue Particular. The present is scheduled to air on Thanksgiving.

Alan Muraoka, who performs the proprietor of Hooper’s retailer on the present, advised NBC Asian America that Ji-Young would straddle two cultures whereas embodying a contemporary American lady.

“She’s a musician, she plays electric guitar, she’s a girl of the very modern American fabric,” he stated. “She recognizes the culture through her relatives — her grandmother, through her mother — and through the food she eats and loves.”

The particular intends to rejoice “the rich diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities as part of the organization’s ongoing racial justice initiative.” It’s going to additionally supply a possibility to focus on anti-Asian racism. 

In accordance to a press launch, an offscreen incident happens with Ji-Young the place one other little one tells her to “go home.” The scene is supposed to convey that Asian and Pacific Islander persons are usually seen as “perpetual foreigners” in western nations. Following the incident, Ji-Young spoke to buddies and trusted adults who assured her she was precisely the place she belonged.

See Us Coming Collectively: A Sesame Avenue Particular will make its debut on Thursday, November 25. It’s going to air on PBS Children, Cartoonito on HBO Max, and Sesame Avenue’s YouTube, Fb, and Instagram channels.