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Puppeteer Kathy Kim on how ‘Sesame Street’ created Ji-Young, the show’s first Asian American muppet

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

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

After 57 years, Marvel Comics’ Iron Fist has an Asian alter ego thanks to writer Alyssa Wong

Iron Fist, a Marvel Comics hero inspired by Hollywood martial arts films from the ‘70s, will finally feature a character of Asian descent as the titular hero in an upcoming comic series.  

Flaming fist bump: Award-winning writer Alyssa Wong is building upon the Iron Fist mythos by introducing a new hero to “take up the mantle and powers of Iron Fist” in a five-issue limited series in 2022, a Marvel press release revealed. 

27-year-old Korean American violinist named concertmaster for prestigious Hamburg Philharmonic

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A Korean American violinist has been appointed as the concertmaster for the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra (Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg), an internationally renowned symphony orchestra based in Germany. 

A concertmaster rises: Daniel Cho, 27, is taking on the leadership role after being selected by General Music Director and Chief Conductor Kent Nagano following an audition attended by other orchestra members, reported Korea Times. The announcement came from Sejong Soloists, a string ensemble Cho is part of.

Dante Chen is the first Singaporean to ever wrestle in a WWE match

Dante Chen is the first Singaporean WWE wrestler

Dante Chen, whose real name is Sean Tan, is the first Singaporean to wrestle in  a WWE match. 

A star is born: Tan, 25, made his WWE debut on Sept. 21 when he beat his opponent Trey Baxter, subsequently making him the first Singaporean wrestler to not only be a part of the WWE stable but also the first Singaporean to win a WWE match, according to Channel News Asia

26 Asian celebrities, activists, political leaders among TIME’s ‘100 most influential people of 2021’

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TIME magazine has published its 100 most influential people of 2021 on Wednesday and the full list includes Naomi Osaka, Shohei Ohtani and Cathy Park Hong, among other Asian luminaries from around the globe.

The 18th annual list of influential people features activists, celebrities, political leaders and athletes, with the youngest among them being Olympic medalist Sunisa Lee.

Doua Moua to star in self-written Hmong American drama ‘The Harvest’

Doua Moua is starring in "The Harvest."

“Mulan” actor Doua Moua will star in the independent film “The Harvest,” a Hmong American family drama based on his own screenplay.

What to know: “The Harvest,” which Moua wrote in 2009, follows an estranged son who comes home to help his ailing Hmong father and ends up setting off “a chain of events that affects the lives of his entire family.” The script made it to the 2019 CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment) List and is a 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist.

Lela Lee’s ‘Angry Little Girls’ headed for TV and film adaptations

Lela Lee "Angry Little Girls"

“Angry Little Girls,” the 2000 webcomic from actress, cartoonist and writer Lela Lee, is being adapted into a new television series and several movies.

About the brand: “Angry Little Girls,” whose roots can be traced to a 1994 video called “Angry Little Asian Girl,” follows Kim, a 6-year-old Korean American girl angered by gender and racial stereotypes. For the upcoming adaptations, Lee has partnered with Gamechanger Films, according to Deadline.

Mattel says skateboarder Barbie was supposed to be Asian, admits ‘falling short’ on representation

Mattel Skateboarder Barbie with tweet

Mattel has issued a statement regarding its alleged lack of an Asian doll in its Tokyo Olympics Barbie collection.

The backlash: The latest wave of criticism started after Barbie repromoted the five-doll collection on July 28. Social media users alleged that none of the toys looked “Asian,” despite the fact that the Games were in Tokyo and that Asians had been winning medals from day one.

Daisy Veerasingham becomes first woman and POC president to lead the Associated Press

The Associated Press has named Daisy Veerasingham to succeed retiring AP President Gary Pruitt in January, making her the first person of color, woman and international citizen to hold the position in the media company’s 175-year history.

Big promotion: Veerasingham, 51, received her second promotion this year during an AP board of directors meeting last week, according to The Economic Times.