Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Ivanka Trump Mocked By Asians Everywhere For Tweeting 'Chinese Proverb'

Ivanka Trump Mocked By Asians Everywhere For Tweeting 'Chinese Proverb'

"'Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' -Chinese Proverb", Ivanka posted on her Twitter account. "Fake" Chinese proverb Ivanka where did u get this???", one user wrote, while another added: "This is not a real Chinese proverb but it's nice to know you can use google for fake quotes".

People in China began tweeting other sayings they thought Ivanka might have meant to use.

The widely shared tweet, which came ahead of the scheduled meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, was an apparent shade thrown at her father's critics.

But it was reportedly panned on China's social network, Weibo, and may have actually been an early 20th-century saying.

People on the popular Chinese social media platform Weibo attempted to come up with a list of real Chinese proverbs that might match what Trump was trying to say.

Suggestions included, "A true gentleman should keep silent while watching a chess game", while another said "If you can do it, do it; if you can't, shut up".

Unfortunately for Ivanka, the proverb is apparently not Chinese.

Ivanka Trump has been mocked after sharing a quote on Twitter. She has cultivated a loyal following among young Chinese women, many of whom admire her success in starting a fashion brand and see her as a symbol of elegance.

They also offered some snarky commentary, including one person who said, "Don't mistake something as a Chinese proverb simply because it's written in Chinese characters".

"It sounds more legitimate and credible to pronounce a quote coming from the ancient civilisation of China". In 2013, for example, she posted on Twitter, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life", attributing the phrase to Confucius.

"Three minutes of googling suggests this is a fake Chinese Proverb".

The blog Quote Investigator has found that the saying first emerged in a 1903 Chicago magazine in reference to innovation during that time.

"Why are Trump WH aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?"

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