Milk tea emoji marks protests

Central Station | Carine Chow 9 Apr 2021

A special milk tea emoji has been created by Twitter to celebrate the popular drink's significance as a protest symbol across Asia.

The emoji marks the first anniversary of the "Milk Tea Alliance," which includes Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan and Myanmar due to their shared love of milk tea.

The term was first used as an expression of solidarity among democracy advocates in Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Use of the term peaked again last February after the military coup in Myanmar, where protesters used the hashtag to rally regional support.

The new emoji is a white cup set against a tricolor background -- representing different shades of milk tea in Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Not only is Hong Kong's delicacy appearing on Twitter, it will also take center stage on stamps.

Hongkong Post will issue a new collection of special stamps featuring local snacks like buttered pineapple buns and fishballs.

A presentation pack holding the stamps takes the shape of a bubble waffle.

Starting from April 22, the set of special stamps and associated philatelic products will be on sale at post offices.

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