Puppeteer Kathy Kim explains how ‘Sesame Street’ created Ji-Young, the series’ first Asian-American puppeteer


Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Ji-Young, the first Asian-American puppeteer, and hear puppeteer Kathy Kim explain how the character came to life.

A glimpse into the creation of muppets on “Sesame Street,” the video shows the meticulous tailoring of Ji-Young’s clothes, the care taken in brushing her hair, and the gentle adjustments that shape her features. In a heartwarming moment, Kim meets the finished puppet and hugs it before lifting it for the first time and exclaiming, “Hi, I’m Ji-Young!” before adding in his own voice, “Oh, I’m going to start crying now.”

“Being able to be the representation that I didn’t have as a kid…you can’t put words to it,” Kim says. “We were all involved in the process. It was very important to us at Sesame to have Asian American voices represented in the development of this character. And I think that shows in the final product.

“Sesame Street” announced on Monday that they would be Introducing Ji-Young dduring a Thanksgiving special featuring Asian and Asian American celebrities Simu Liu, Padma Lakshmi and Naomi Osaka.

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