Monday, 10 December, 2018

Ivanka Trump's Proverb Leaves Chinese Internet Users Puzzled

Perhaps a Korean proverb would have been more fitting Win Mc Namee via Getty Images Perhaps a Korean proverb would have been more fitting
Julia Gonzales | 13 June, 2018, 10:28

She wrote on Monday: "Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it", attributing the phrase simply as "Chinese Proverb".

However, despite Ivanka's attribution, there is no evidence that this quote comes from China and it doesn't match any Chinese proverb that we know of.

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

That sounds like pearls of wisdom from a Chinese sage - except that many Chinese people do not think it is Chinese.

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. "Please help!" the news channel for Sina - the company behind Weibo, China's largest Twitter-like platform - wrote on its official social media account.

Weibo users who agreed it wasn't a Chinese proverb tried to guess what saying she may have been trying to reference.

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On social media site Weibo, some quoted similar sayings that are popular in China, such as: " Don't give advice while watching others playing a chess game". "Some said, 'maybe Ivanka saw it on a fortune cookie, ' which despite the name isn't of Chinese origin either".

Immediately, thousands of users began to offer their suggestions as to what proverb the tweet might have been an attempt at quoting, but no one could verify its authenticity.

Others took the opportunity to create their own "Chinese proverb", while some accused her of spreading "fake news".

On Twitter, many netizens mocked Trump for the allegedly misattributed quote. 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. According to the website, a Chicago periodical in 1903 published an article that read in part, "Things move along so rapidly nowadays that people saying: 'It can't be done, ' are always being interrupted by somebody doing it".

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

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