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Hard fought battle to get dumplings added to the emoji lexicon pays off


By John McCarthy, Opinion Editor

February 8, 2016 | 2 min read

A former New York Time journalist’s plight to have the dumpling immortalised as an emoji has paid dividends with it joining a new host of emojis to be available in Apple’s next update.

The Unicode Technical Committee, the council that decides which symbols make the cut, has approved the dumpling alongside chopsticks, a takeout box and a fortune cookie – although they will not be available to download until June 2017.

They join 75 other designs which can be viewed here.

Jen Lee's Kickstarter supporting the inclusion of a dumpling emoji passionately argues: “Dumplings are one of the most universal cross-cultural foods in the world. Poland has pierogi. Nepal has momos. Russia has pelmeni, Japan has gyoza. Italy has ravioli. Georgia has khinkali. Korea has mandoo. Jews have kreplach. Argentina has empanadas, and China has potstickers… Yet, there is no dumpling emoji.

“There’s a time to change that and that time is now.”

The appeal has raised $11,259 from 252 backers with a mere three days to go.

With the emoji database becoming ever more extensive it could be more cumbersome to find and use the correct symbols than ever.

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