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AP Exclusive: 'Sesame Street' debuts Asian American muppet

She is Korean American and has two passions: rocking out on her electric guitar and skateboarding.
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Ernie, a muppet from the popular children's series "Sesame Street," appears with new character Ji-Young, the first Asian American muppet, on the set of the long-running children's program in New York on Nov. 1, 2021. Ji-Young is Korean American and has two passions: rocking out on her electric guitar and skateboarding. (AP Photo/Noreen Nasir)

WASHINGTON — 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.

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