Jennifer 8. Lee, producer of the new doc “The Emoji Story” and vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, writes about the mission to diversify emoji.
Jennifer 8. Lee is a producer, journalist, and entrepreneur. In the area of film, Jenny produced the documentaries The Search for General Tso (2014), about the history and ubiquity of Chinese-American food, and The Emoji Story (2019), about the secret world of emoji, both of which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She was also an executive producer on Dara Ju/The Price (2017), which premiered at SXSW; an associate producer on Give Me Liberty (2018), which premiered opening night at Sundance Film Festival and played in Director’s Fortnight at Cannes; and an associate producer on Chasing Coral (2018), which premiered at Sundance. Jenny is co-founder of Plympton, a literary studio that creates innovative projects in publishing. Plympton has published or has under contract authors as acclaimed as Cheryl Strayed, Min Jin Lee, Lauren Groff, Colm Tóibín, Tom Perrotta, Emma Donoghue, Emma Cline, Curtis Sittenfeld, and Uzodinma Iweala. Jenny was the youngest full reporter at The New York Times at the age of 24, and went on to author The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, which hit #26 on the New York Times Bestseller list. She is a vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee, and co-founder of Emojination, an organization responsible for over 100 emoji on your mobile devices, including HIJAB and INTERRACIAL COUPLE, both of which were acquired by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for its permanent collection.