Emojis are essential to human communication nowadays. It simplifies our text messages, tweets, even work emails. You can make plans with a loved one with a single emoji (🍆?) or call someone an idiot with another ( 🤡). This is the result of centuries of human evolution and technological advancements.
But even with the wide variety of food and drink emojis already available on iPhones, one crucial beverage has been wrongfully left out for far too long.
The official drink of Asian Americans — the boba milk tea.
Passionate activists on Twitter have been demanding this change for years but their cries have been ignored for far too long.
Why is there no boba emoji??? ⚫️⚫️⚫️
— Everlyn Rhee (◕‿◕✿) (@ebarleytea) May 29, 2019
so uhhhh when’s the boba emoji coming out?
— Malixa (@MalixaLace) May 31, 2019
I tweet this every year & I don’t remember if I already did so here it is – I can’t believe it’s 2019 & there’s still no Boba emoji.
— ▪️ (@IanChanserelli3) June 3, 2019
i want boba 🙁
p.s there should really be a boba emoji
— bri (@briannanohelani) June 6, 2019
You’d think with Asian American and Pacific Islander month just gone and past they would have figured this out earlier but no, Apple has failed us all and we deserve better.
Imagine how much easier life would be if we had a boba emoji, instead of typing out 4 exhausting letters, we could ask someone if they want to grab boba with a single emoji.
So here is our official demand for change:
Dear Apple, out of respect for the Asian American community and our vibrant culture, please consider adding the boba emoji to your ever-growing, diverse collection of emojis.
Until this change has been made, us Asian Americans as a community still have so much work to do.