There are a lot of feelings surrounding President Trump's abrupt decision to cancel the nuclear disarmament summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
Trump thought that the summit, set for June 12 in Singapore, could earn him a Nobel Peace Prize. Instead, it now appears that it may not happen at all, sending shock waves across the world and particularly through South Korea, where President Moon Jae-in had just gotten back from Washington.
“We are attempting to make sense of what, precisely, President Trump means,” said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for the Korean president, after the White House released a letter announcing the cancellation Thursday.
While both sides grasp for what to say and what the other means, maybe emoji — confused faces, sad faces, upset faces — are worth more than words.
On Friday, Agence France-Presse photographer Ed Jones asked Koreans to choose an emoji that best represents their feelings about the canceled summit. The results: faces expressing sadness, anger and confusion.
Jones said the original plan was to have subjects pose with a board that had their feelings written out. Then Emojis came to mind.
“Emojis presented a way to get around the language barrier that hopefully would allow the subject to convey emotion in a way that was both endearing and relatable, and of course, quintessentially Korean,” he said.