The First Asian Character Appeared in Sesame Street
OREANDA-NEWS. An Asian character appeared in the children's television program Sesame Street. According to the Associated Press, this is the first hero of such origin in the history of the show. Thus, the authors of the program want to raise the topic of racism.
The new hero will be a muppet, whose name is Ji-Young. This is a seven-year-old American woman with Korean roots. She will be presented in a series called «Look How We Get Together: A Sesame Street Special Episode», which will be released on November 25.
According to the plot, Ji-Young loves rock music and skateboarding. Racist statements will be made to the heroine from another character who will recommend the muppet to «return home». This incident will help Sesame Street residents to touch on the topic of diversity and acceptance of each other.
Caitlin Kim, who is the puppeteer of the new Muppet, said that the introduction of a new character is of great importance. «It is very important that she is an American of Korean origin, not just a Korean. She was born here. I hope this will help explain what racism is and teach children to recognize it and speak out against it», Kim said.
Earlier it was reported that a character named Carly appeared in Sesame Street. She is forced to live in foster homes due to the fact that her mother is struggling with drug addiction. The creators of Sesame Street said that they addressed this problem, since, according to their data, in the United States almost six million children under the age of 11 live in families where one of the parents suffers from drug addiction.