Where does come from?
The modern flag of China shown in the emoji has one large golden star in the upper left-hand corner with four smaller gold stars evenly arrayed around it on a deep red background: 🇨🇳.
The flag was designed in 1949 by the newly victorious Communist Party, who had just gained control of mainland China over Chiang Kai-shek in the Chinese Civil War. The red background is said to represent revolution. The five stars represent the Communist Party and the four social classes, according to Mao Zedong: the working class, the peasantry, the petite bourgeoisie, and the national bourgeoisie.
Emoji-wise, the flag for China was added to Unicode’s Emoji 1.0 set in 2015. It appears to be slightly waving on most platforms. Not all operating systems support the flag image, so the flag for China emoji may appear as the letters CN, China’s country code.
Who uses ?
Like other flag emoji for their respective countries, the flag for China emoji is popular on social media among travelers to China and companies promoting vacations there.
This happened on the Great Wall and I forgot to post it🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/PUhdj8YWSA
— Zane Small (@gozane07) June 28, 2018
It’s also used to rep all elements of Chinese culture: sports, politics, art, food, language, and so forth. People of Chinese heritage all around the world also raise the flag for China emoji, of course, as well as China’s nearly 1.5 billion people.
I’m gonna miss all this 😭🔥🇨🇳 pic.twitter.com/kcTy2UmwoK
— Mpanza (@Sibu_MpanzaSA) June 28, 2018
Some folks use the flag for China emoji to stand in for the word China for any number of topics—not all as fascinating as food porn.
China 🇨🇳 "AI Industry Alliance" ➡ over 345 member companies. Created in October 2017; a platform to federate the #AI ecosystem towards forging #Tech #Standards and best practices to accelerate adoption of #AI. #uschinaaisummit pic.twitter.com/Sfgezc48Yk
— Nicolas Miailhe (@n_miailhe) June 29, 2018
In fact, lots of posts featuring the flag for China emoji are about business deals. No small surprise, since China has had lots of economic growth in the past decade, to say the least.
1st LeoxCrusade Business Trip to China 🇨🇳 It might be scary to venture into the unknown but we never shy away from overcoming all those obstacles. We took the risks and it was worth it! 💪🏼 #LeoxCrusade #CEO #SupportYoungEntrepreneurs #TLPVision2020 pic.twitter.com/iJFRi3Apxz
— Fadli Ersyafie (@FadliErsyafie) June 25, 2018
Not all uses of the flag for China emoji, though, are positive. The internet and media are variously censored and closely monitored in China, something social-media users note in the West illustrate with lots of 🇨🇳 🇨🇳 🇨🇳.
In a 20-minute segment about #China that aired Sunday on the satirical news show ❝#LastWeekTonight❞ @iamjohnoliver was so superlative in mocking #Chinese #Censorship that he is now Censored in #China🇨🇳😷https://t.co/7BIklpiQyk
— Asian Warrior (@TheTomar) June 22, 2018