Cantomoji is a project aimed to bring traditional Cantonese culture back into a context where it will be relevant and used. With the rise in digital mediums, emojis and stickers have integrated into our everyday communication use. Cantomoji visualises a selection of these will known Cantonese proverbs, bringing a diverse piece of history to everyone, to breathe life into a piece of history that would otherwise start to fade from existence.
Cantonese is the traditional language of the people in southeastern China, including Hong Kong and Macau, and is spoken by nearly 20 million people in the world. One of the most defining feature of this dialect is that the first and foremost form it takes is through spoken interaction, leading to some culturally significant slangs and language that could be lost due to the increasing pressure of the Mainland Chinese government to promote Mandarin the ‘official’ language of China.