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The Philippines is Mentioned in Sesame Street’s New Version of The People In Your Neighborhood
A Filipino named Anton is part of the ‘Friends In Your Neighborhood’ song by Elmo, Ji-Young, and Alan.
In case you missed the news, Sesame Street has introduced its first Asian-American muppet Ji-Young. And as part of Ji-Young’s introduction, they have been posting videos on their social media accounts! One of its videos includes mentioning the Philippines.
The Philippines in Sesame Street
A new version of the popular song “The People In Your Neighborhood” was unveiled on November 16, where a Filipino, Anton, was mentioned by one of the show’s human characters Alan Muraoka.
Alan asked Elmo and Ji-Young if they want to meet new friends. He then mentioned that they were Asians and Pacific islanders just like him and Ji-Young.
Alan then introduces Anton, who works as a bus driver and loves basketball. Other Asian and Pacific Islander nationalities are included in the video as well.
Moreover, Ji-Young and Alan join in the discussion as they talk about their Asian heritage.
Inclusivity and Diversity: The Philippines in Sesame Street
The video is part of Sesame Street’s upcoming special See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special on Thanksgiving in the US. The episode will celebrate the diversity and contribution of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The video is also part of the show’s commitment to tackling racial justice initiatives.
Furthermore, celebrities such as tennis star Naomi Osaka, Shang-Chi star Simu Lu, and TV personality Padma Lakshmi are part of the special and will join the Sesame Street gang for the celebration.
See Us Coming Together: A Sesame Street Special will stream on Cartoonito, HBO Max, and PBS KIDS on November 25.