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    • The Unicode Consortium were pleased by the artwork, and suggested we submit more proposal of the other 3 highly anticipated emojis — the takeout box chopsticks and fortune cookie, in order to make it into a set of 4 new food emojis, see below:

      The Unicode Consortium announced that it had accepted 5 new emoji characters as candidates for Unicode 11.1, including the 4 emojis above and the “Face with One Eyebrow Raised” emoji that were released November 2017.

      Now all these years later, the emojis I designed are out there in the world. But what does it all mean?

    • Great story, Yiying. No wonder you made the list of Fast Company's most creative people in 2018. It's so great to see you here.

      I don't think I've ever seen more energy between two people than to see you and Victoria together:

    • That's so cool. I had no idea these emojis were made possible by a Kickstarter campaign, or that they were created by people who just really wanted them to exist and did what it took to make that happen.

      Now they'll live forever in Unicode!


    • Dumpling or jiǎozi (饺子),are ubiquitous in China. The reason we eat dumplings on Chinese New Year is they resemble ”元宝” (Sycee or YuanBao), a form of old Chinese currency that's basically little nuggets of gold and silver. Therefore the similarly shaped dumplings have become a symbol of prosperity and wealth in the coming year. 

      Here is the epiphany: I was editing the video of my recent talk on Cross-cultural design, where 
      The Chinese character Home  is “家” (jiā).

      It consists of two pictorial components a roof “宀” (mián) on the top and a pig  “豕” (shǐ) beneath. The roof radical 宀 in Chinese is called 宝盖头 (bǎo ɡài tóu), which literally translated to “Treasure (宝) Canopy (盖头)”.  The “treasure” 宝 is the same character from the word of the ancient Chinese currency sycee ”元宝”, its literal meaning is "inaugural treasures", which is the form of the dumpling 🥟 based on!

      Dumpling 🥟+ Year of Pig 🐷 = Home 🏠

      Dumpings are so much more than you might think. And I hope you consider voting for the Dumpling Emoji as "Emoji of the Year" for the Shorty Awards!