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Sesame Street announced On Monday it introduced its first Asian-American Muppet, Ji-Young, a 7-year-old Korean-American character, whose introduction will help discuss the topic of anti-Asian racism amid a surge of reported incidents since the start of the COVID pandemic. The latest milestone for a show long known for addressing important and sometimes frightening social issues.

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Ji-Young will debut in the upcoming Thanksgiving Day episode, “See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special,” which will also feature celebrity guests including Padma Lakshmi, Naomi Osaka and Simu Liu.

In it, Ji-young deals with the aftermath of being told to “go home” in an offscreen incident.

Kathleen Kim, a puppeteer, will play this character. Sesame Street said in a press release.

It is part of the show’s “Coming Together” initiative focused on racial justice, which includes CNN. town halls Oriented towards children.

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