“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.