Woori Show and Sesame Street Puppeteer Kathleen Kim To Be Honored With the Changemaker Award at Advancing Justice – AAJC’s American Courage Awards Event

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono to Receive the 2022 American Courage Award and Board Chair for Advancing Justice – AAJC Parkin Lee To Receive the President’s Award
For Immediate Release
Michelle Boykins (202) 296-2300, ext. 0144 mboykins@advancingjustice-aajc.org
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Washington, D.C. — Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC (Advancing Justice – AAJC) will recognize co-creator of the Woori Show, Kathleen Kim, with the 2022 Changemaker Award at the 2022 American Courage Awards event. Kim, who is also known as the principal puppeteer for Ji-Young, Sesame Street’s first Asian American puppet, is receiving the award that honors an individual, company or organization who is a catalyst for change and whose leadership has inspired action that has led to change on a local or national level that benefits Asian American communities.

“The recipients of the American Courage, Changemaker, and President’s Awards have been on the front lines of fighting for the Asian American community in Congress like Senator Mazie Hirono; increasing media representation for Asian Americans like Kathleen Kim, and outstanding individuals who help advance the civil and human rights for Asian Americans like Advancing Justice – AAJC’s Board of Directors Chair, Parkin Lee,” said Advancing Justice – AAJC’s President and Executive Director, John C. Yang.

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono will receive the 2022 American Courage Award and Outgoing Board of Directors’ Chair Parkin Lee will receive the President’s Award during Advancing Justice – AAJC’s annual American Courage Awards event on October 21. Actor and Broadway star, Paolo Montalban, will serve as host for the evening’s festivities. For more than thirty years, Advancing Justice – AAJC has honored pioneers in the Asian American community who break barriers, challenge stereotypes, and elevate the culture and history of Asian Americans in this country.

Yang continued, “In the work we do there are so many champions for justice, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to recognize these three amazing human beings. I am also filled with pride to introduce the Norman Y. Mineta Spirit Award that will forever honor the legacy of Asian American trailblazer Norm Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation who served in Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations.”

The event will be held at the National Press Club and streamed live at americancourageawards.org on October 21.