Nov. 15 (LPN) – Sesame Street introduces its first Asian-American muppet, Ji-young.
The long-running children’s series revealed Ji-young, a 7-year-old girl with Korean roots, on Monday and will become the character during the See How We Come Together: One Sesame Street Special November 25th on Thanksgiving Day.
Ji-young is a brave character whose interests, according to the electric guitar, are soccer, and skateboarding Sesame Street Website.
“Ji-young is very close to her family and proud of her Korean heritage,” the biography says. “She loves to play music with her grandma and to cook her favorite food – tteokbokki. Her family eats together at the kitchen table every evening and speaks in Korean and English.”
Ji-young appears in a new video with Elmo, Abby and Tamir’s Best Friends Band.
Puppeteer Kathleen Kim will take on the role of Ji-young. the See how we get together Special will present Simu Liu and Anna Cathcart, Jim Lee, Melissa King, Padma Lakshmi, Naomi Osaka and other celebrity guests.
“See how we get together continues the proud legacy of Sesame Street with a compelling story that nurtures empathy and acceptance, and encourages the communities of Asian and Pacific islanders, “said Kay Wilson Stallings, EVP of Creative and Production for the Sesame Workshop.
See how we get together will air on November 25th on HBO Max, PBS Kids, and the Sesame Street Youtube channel.