For the first time, the famous television series Sesame Street introduced its new character. Yes, you read it right! The new character is the show’s first Asian-American Muppet. We will share some news about Ji Young, the new resident of Sesame Street. And he meets Kathleen Kim, the puppeteer behind Ji-Young.
Who is Kathleen Kim?
Kathleen Kim, 41, is a Korean American who began her career as a puppeteer when she was 30 years old. She is part of Sesame Street. In 2014 she joined the Sesame Street workshop. Later, she became a full-time member of the world famous children’s show. The opportunity she first had evolved as a mentor, and after a year, Kathleen was on the team. She feels like it was a dream come true for her to be a puppeteer on the show she grew up watching.
Kathleen shared her thoughts on her character as Ji-Young on the show. During an interview, she said that she hopes that Ji-Young’s character will surely teach about the term racism. This will help children recognize it in their environment and oppose it. She hopes the character will help normalize the different appearances of children on television. She said that she remembers the shootings in Atlanta that happened last year and how scary it was.
Sesame Street brings Ji Young
Sesame Street officially announced it by sharing a post on Twitter about the new character’s introduction to the show. The children’s show began 52 years ago. Ji-Young, a 7-year-old Korean American girl, the new resident of Sesame Street who is really cute. She will be greeting us in a special thanksgiving episode: SEE YOU TOGETHER: A SESAME STREET SPECIAL. The show will premiere on November 25, 2021 on Thanksgiving Day.
Ji-Young is smart, lovable, and has two passions. He likes rock and roll with his electronic guitar and skateboarding. Ji-Young’s presentation is based on the events of the year 2020 of anti-Asian hate incidents. The main motive is to teach children about race, ethnicity and culture. It will also teach children how to identify racism and how to oppose it.
The Korean name Ji-Young itself means a lot of what the show wants to represent. The word ‘Ji’ means smart, wise and also sesame. Ans the ‘Young’ means brave and strong. The character will teach children to be good defenders. This step will help children learn about the beauty of diversity in our community. Other celebrities will also appear on the show for the Thanksgiving special. Simu Liu, Padma Lakshmi and Naomi Osaka will appear. The special episode will air on HBO Max, Cartoonito and PBS Kids.
Fan reaction to the ad
Fans are buzzing with excitement watching the Thanksgiving episode of Sesame Street. here are some tweet: