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‘I want them to feel seen’: ‘Jelly, Ben & Pogo’ director on how Fil-Am representation validates children

PBS Kids “Jelly, Ben & Pogo” stars a Filipino American cast

Director Jalysa Leva talked with NextShark about the inspiration behind the animated series “Jelly, Ben & Pogo” and what Filipino American representation on PBS Kids means for future generations.

About the shorts: “Jelly, Ben & Pogo” (JBP) is an animated, short-form series directed by Leva. It follows Filipino American characters and is infused with Filipino culture, from the Tagalog language to Filipino food and music. 

Conservative leader calls for defunding of PBS over ‘Sesame Street’ intro of Asian American muppet

New Korean Sesame Street Character Receives Conservative Criticism

A conservative union chairman has called out PBS and proposed to defund the network after its children’s show “Sesame Street” introduced its first-ever Asian American Muppet early this week.

What happened: Matt Schlapp, the president of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), took to Twitter on Monday to criticize PBS and “Sesame Street” for introducing Ji-young, a 7-year-old Korean American Muppet.