Jim Lee joins Sesame Street for Asian & Pacific Islanders special

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Comic creator (and DC publisher/chief creative officer) Jim Lee has filmed scenes for an upcoming Sesame Street special focused on Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, called See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special. The special will also feature the first Korean-American Muppet – a seven-year-old girl named Ji-young (played by puppeteer Kathleen Kim).

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“I am so excited, thrilled and honored to announce that I will be appearing on Sesame Street this Thanksgiving Day, welcoming its newest resident, a 7-year-old Korean-American girl named Ji-young!” Lee writes on Facebook, “It’s crazy and surreal to even write these words, but as a young immigrant boy who literally learned English by reading comic books and watching Sesame Street—I can say it’s a dream I never imagined “

In a still from Sis Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special, Lee appears to portray another Sesame Street Muppet, Ji-Young and Tamir.

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“The cast and crew were so inviting and friendly and talented and they really made me feel welcome,” Lee continues. “Suffice to say, this is a personal and career-high one for me—a moment that was so fun and so dynamic and emotional to be a part of when filming ended.”

The episode will feature not only Lee, but also Shang-Chi actor Simu Liu, chef Melissa King, actor Anna Cathcart, TV host Padma Lakshmi and athlete Naomi Osaka.

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“Sesame Workshop’s mission is to help children grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Today, we uphold that mission by empowering children and families of all races, ethnicities, and cultures to value their unique identities,” Says Sesame Workshop’s Executive VP of Creative and Creative. Production’s Wilson Stallings. “Since Us Coming Together continues Sesame Street’s proud legacy of representation with a compelling story that encourages empathy and acceptance and uplifts Asian and Pacific Islander communities.”

Sesame Street has comics in its DNA – not only has it been adapted as a comic strip in the past, but the original actor of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch – Carole Spinney – was a comics writer/artist earlier in his career.

The Sesame Street special debuts November 25 on the US Thanksgiving Day on HBO Max, PBS Kids and the Sesame Street YouTube page.

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