Monday, 18 June, 2018

Chinese or Irish? Twitter confused about inspiration for Ivankas tweet

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Jeannette Daniel | 14 June, 2018, 18:58

"She saw it in a fortune cookie at Panda Express", one user joked.

Eventually, the Global Times actually sourced the quote to a 1903 news article, declaring that "the phrase quoted by Ivanka has actually no relation to China".

Donald Trump's daughter tweeted the pearl of wisdom just hours before the US president met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in Singapore.

Another said: 'It makes sense, but I still don't know which proverb it is'. Others suggested, "Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game", "Don't force others to do things you don't want to do yourself" and "It's better to knit a fishnet instead of standing by the river and hoping for fish".

Social media users offered similar quotes by Chinese President Xi Jinping - known for trumpeting the value of "practical work" over "empty talk" - while also suggesting fake sayings by famous Chinese author Lu Xun. Seems like United States of America's first daughter Ivanka Trump is yet to be taught the fact and her latest tweet which quoted a "Chinese proverb" proved that. Many Chinese informal phrases were also pointed towards Ivanka, such as "If you can do it, do it; if you can't, shut up".

There was one problem with the Chinese proverb Ivanka Trump tweeted out this week - people think it's a knock-off.

According to the publication, the quote was first printed in U.S. newspapers in 1903, while some researchers believe it was created by playwright George Bernard Shaw.

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Weibo users were quick to notice the quote was not actually Chinese.

And she even hired a Chinese-speaking nanny to tutor her daughter, Arabella.

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

It's not the first time Ivanka Trump has given China credit for an adage.

Despite the controversy surrounding her misquotes, the president's daughter has shared quite an interest in China and Chinese culture for quite some time.

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, with Ivanka Trump at far left, at dinner at Mar-a-Lago previous year.

Ivanka is a popular figure in China, with many young women there seeing her as a symbol of elegance following the success of her clothing label.

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