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AP Exclusive: 'Sesame Street' debuts Asian American muppet

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Posted at 8:11 PM, Nov 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-14 23:11:44-05

(AP) — At only 7 years old, Ji-Young is making history as the first Asian American muppet in the “Sesame Street” canon.

She is Korean American and has two passions: rocking out on her electric guitar and skateboarding.

The children’s TV program, which first aired 52 years ago this month, gave The Associated Press a first look at its adorable new occupant.

Ji-Young will formally be introduced in “See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special.”

Simu Liu and Naomi Osaka are among the celebrities appearing in the TV special, which will drop Thanksgiving Day.

Ji-Young’s existence is the culmination of discussions after the rise in anti-Asian hate last year.