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The quest to create the first dumpling emoji

Emoji is a Japanese term for the cute little symbols you can text and tweet from your phone and PC. There are emojis for pizza and taco and apple but recently writer Jennifer 8 Lee discovered that there is no official dumpling emoji. Dumplings are one of the world's most ubiquitious foods, why no dumpling emoji? She decided to change that. The World in Words podcast talks Lee about her quest to create the dumpling emoji and writing a proposal to the mysterious Unicode Consortium, the entity that encodes emoji and makes them "official."