Since puppeteer Jim Henson created Sesame Street, more than half a century ago, the adorable inhabitants became influencers of thousands of children who were mesmerized by these creatures of the small screen. With their charming speeches, the dolls spoke on hundreds of important occasions. And now it will do it again.
On Monday, the historic children’s program introduced his first Asian-American puppet. It is about Ji-Young, a seven-year-old Korean American. Puppeteer Kathleen Kim plays the female character who joined the show’s family of puppets, as reported Variety.
A special against racism
In addition, to promote ethnic integration and cultural diversity, on Thursday, November 25, Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a special program will be broadcast celebrating the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
Sesame Street will celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special (Watch Us Get Together: A Sesame Street Special) will feature famous guests, including Simu Liu, star of the film Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings; Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef; Anna Cathcart, actress of the films To all the boys that I fell in love with.
Also, cartoonist Jim Lee, chef Melissa King, and tennis star Naomi Osaka. The new special will be available to watch on HBO Max, PBS Kids and the official YouTube, Facebook and Instagram channels of Sesame Street.
What will the special be like
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Asian racism increased in the United States and the rest of the world. The special program is intended to give families the opportunity to speak on the subject. In the special, Ji-Young is told to “go home,” and she looks for adults and friends who will assure her that she is exactly where she belongs.
A recent episode of Sesame Street featured a homoparental family.
“It is a powerful thing when children see people like them portrayed on screen and in stories, it supports them as they discover who they are and who they want to be,” said Alan Muraoka, cast member of Sesame Street and co-director of See Us Coming Together.
“We look forward to families meeting Ji-Young on this special show and future seasons of Sesame Street, and celebrating some of the Asian and Pacific Islander people in our neighborhood.”
Half a century raising awareness
Sesame Street, what in 2019 it celebrated its 50th anniversary, has a history of explaining the world to kids by tackling all kinds of topics, from orphan homes to substance abuse.
Donald Grump. One of the dolls used in Sesame Street, a children’s television classic to parody Donald Trump. Donald Grump In Sesame Street Donald Trump children’s version
In June, the classic children’s show starring Elmo and Archibaldo featured a homoparental family for the first time. The episode was called Family Day and the central point is that it presents the marriage formed by Dave and Frank, along with their daughter Mia.
When the pandemic forced them to stay home, while US President Donald Trump doubted the need to declare a state of emergency, the dolls spoke in favor of quarantine. Thus, they made the younger audience (and not so young) understand the magnitude of what was happening.
After the murder of George Floyd, the black man violently arrested by four policemen in Minneapolis, Sesame Street made his intervention referring to the matter by CNN.
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