We have all seen and been amused by emojis for the taco, pizza, as well as the burger. However, how about the dumpling? A web-based movement pushing for the representation of “among the most worldwide cross cultural foods on the planet” can also be raising bigger issues regarding the necessity to bring more democracy to the World Wide Web.
While firms like Apple have made great strides to give users more choices, The Dumpling Emoji Project insists that there is much to be wanted in the way of food emoji. They claim the dearth of a functional dumpling emoji blows off a whole genre of international cuisine which includes Poland’s pierogi, Japan’s gyoza, or Italy’s ravioli, to name some.
Although the movement toward more varied food emoji is commendable in its own right, the group also needs to shine a light on the voting procedure. Now, the Unicode Consortium is comprised of just 11 total voting corporations (all identifiable players including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Yahoo) that pay $18,000 a year for that privilege.
Also to attack the job of bringing the dumpling to the electronic lexicon, the group, which comprises former New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee, is calling upon likeminded people to become involved by signing their petition and distributing knowledge through “dumpling celebrations” or the #dumplingemoji and #emojination hashtags. They’ll also establish a Kickstarter effort next week to raise enough money to be a not-for-profit person in the Unicode Consortium—the overseer of all standard emoji—which would enable them half a vote when determining upon new emoji.