‘Sesame Street’ debuts Ji-Young, first Asian American muppet
Full disclosure, while the rest of the world watches Succession and Dune, I’ve been barreling through the insane back catalogue of Sesame Street episodes. I have twin toddlers, which I guess is why this is happening in my life. But also, it’s honestly just such a great show – joyful, happy, educational, funny. It’s really fun to see them grow their community of puppets and characters in an inclusive way year after year and this latest addition is no exception.
What’s in a name? Well, for Ji-Young, the newest muppet resident of “Sesame Street,” her name is a sign she was meant to live there.
“So, in Korean traditionally the two syllables they each mean something different and Ji means, like, smart or wise. And Young means, like, brave or courageous and strong,” Ji-Young explained during a recent interview. “But we were looking it up and guess what? Ji also means sesame.”
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