‘Sesame Street’ introducing new Korean American character
Ji-Young, a 7-year-old Korean American character, will belong of “See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special.”
The program, set to air on Thanksgiving, commemorates “the rich diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities as part of the organization’s ongoing racial justice initiative.”
“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,” Alan Muraoka, a longtime “Sesame Street” cast member and co-director of “See Us Coming Together,” stated in a declaration. “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 neighborhood!”
The “Coming Together” effort was “created to support families of all backgrounds through ongoing conversations about race” and the brand-new unique likewise will use the chance to go over anti-Asian bigotry.
“In an offscreen incident, another child tells Ji-Young to ‘go home.’ This is an example of one kind of discrimination Asian and Pacific Islander people face in western countries where they’re often perceived as ‘perpetual foreigners,'” according to a news release about the unique. “After the incident, Ji-Young seeks out trusted grown-ups and friends who unite to help her know that she’s exactly where she belongs.”
“See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special” will debut on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25 on numerous platforms, consisting of Cartoonito on HBO Max, PBS CHILDREN, and Sesame Street’s YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram channels.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.