Sesame Street is making history yet again by introducing its first Asian American muppet named Ji-Young.
Ji-Young is a Korean American muppet with a passion for skateboarding and electric guitar playing, and has been created to help counter anti-Asian sentiment and support families of all backgrounds through ongoing conversations about race.
It’s the first time in 52 years that Sesame Street has introduced an Asian American muppet into its ranks.
Ji-Young will make her debut as part of a Sesame Street special, ‘See Us Coming Together’, to air in Australia on Sesame Street’s YouTube and Facebook channels on Nov 25.
See Us Coming Together will follow the Sesame Street friends through a “Neighbour Day” celebration with new friend Ji-Young. Celebrity guests like television personality Padma Lakshmi, and tennis player Naomi Osaka will join, sharing their passions, talents, and cultures with their Sesame Street friends.
“It’s a powerful thing when kids see people like themselves represented on screen and in stories—it supports them as they figure out who they are and who they want to be,” said Alan Muraoka, longtime Sesame Street cast member and co-director of See Us Coming Together.
“We can’t wait for families to get to know Ji-Young—in this special and in future seasons of Sesame Street—and celebrate some of the Asian and Pacific Islander people in our neighbourhood!”