Ivanka Trump tweets ‘Chinese proverb’ that doesn’t actually exist

Ivanka's tweet using Chinese proverb to hail Trump Kim meet stumps Chinese

Ivanka's tweet using Chinese proverb to hail Trump Kim meet stumps Chinese

Chinese social media users are scratching their heads over a "Chinese proverb" US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka posted to Twitter as her father prepared for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Professor of Chinese at Calvin College in Michigan, Larry Herzberg, told The New York Times the tweet was "yet one more example of Americans ascribing a quote to the Chinese, often to Confucius, when they don't really know the origin of the saying".

But if that Chinese charm offensive earned Trump's family some praise on social media, a tweet that Trump's daughter and senior adviser sent on Monday drew confusion instead.

China's Internet quickly lit up, puzzled rather than flattered by the reference. Please help!' the news channel for Sina - the company behind Weibo, China's largest Twitter-like platform - wrote on its official 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".

Some suggested the proverb "the foolish old man removed mountains" - a common phrase used to signify perseverance.

Ivanka Trump has found herself the subject of Twitter mockery after misattributing a quote as an old "Chinese proverb".

One website suggested it originated in the United States itself at the turn of the 20th century. Her six-year-old daughter, Arabella Kushner, became an online sensation by singing ballads in Mandarin and reciting Chinese poetry in a video that was shown to President Xi Jinping during Mr Trump's visit to Beijing last year.

But her mysterious proverb was panned on Weibo.

Maybe she just saw it on a fortune cookie?

Another said: "It makes sense, but I still don't know which proverb it is".

'One proverb from Ivanka has exhausted the brain cells of all Chinese internet users, ' a commenter admitted.

'But why are Trump WH (White House) aides giving our proverbs to China, increasing our proverb deficit?' he quipped.

Notícias recomendadas

  • 'Fallout 76' to take place in West Virginia

    'Fallout 76' to take place in West Virginia

    Bethesda is extremely well-known for creating one player, role-playing games; however, " Fallout 76 " is going to be different. Fallout 76 is entirely online. "Even if you're playing by yourself doing quests, you will see other players", Howard says.
    E3 2018: Beyond Good and Evil 2 Cinematic, And Trailer Breakdown

    E3 2018: Beyond Good and Evil 2 Cinematic, And Trailer Breakdown

    The Beyond Good and Evil 2 trailer shown at today's Ubisoft E3 2018 conference shows just how impressive this project is. Alongside the new trailer, Ubisoft also announced that a Beyond Good and Evil 2 demo will be playable behind-the-scenes.
    Kingdom Hearts 3 Receives Its Own Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro

    Kingdom Hearts 3 Receives Its Own Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Pro

    If Platinum Games holds up to its previous titles, this will most likely be a hack-and-slash game similar to Bayonetta . It started off with a live action trailer of character walking into an alley, ready to beat some fools.
  • Deontay Wilder Agrees To Terms For Massive Anthony Joshua Fight

    The victor of the first fight will become the undisputed heavyweight champion. Assuming the details are finalized and the fight announced, Joshua vs.
    Meeting with Kim Jong Un was 'very, very good'

    Meeting with Kim Jong Un was 'very, very good'

    Trump first announced there would be "a signing" shortly after midday, during a stroll with Kim around the hotel grounds. More than 2,500 journalists have convened here, with each leader's every movement tracked carefully.
    Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas spotted travelling together

    Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas spotted travelling together

    The two arrived hand-in-hand for the wedding on Saturday, and their PDA has sent fans into a tizzy. Let us see if these two also dish out the "just friends" card in their next media interaction.
  • Chinese electric carmaker Byton raises $500 mn to take on Tesla

    Chinese electric carmaker Byton raises $500 mn to take on Tesla

    China-based electric auto startup Byton has raised $500 million as it ramps up efforts to take on rivals like Tesla. It hopes to begin rolling out prototype model cars from a factory in Nanjing in the first half of 2019.
    Ghost of Tsushima Gameplay Trailer Revealed

    Ghost of Tsushima Gameplay Trailer Revealed

    The game centres around the protagonist named Jin and his fight against Mongol invaders on the island of Tsushima . This was a great night for fans of samurai games as we saw some incredible samurai action in Ghost of Tsushima .
    Gelson Martins wants to join as Sporting receive second bid

    Gelson Martins wants to join as Sporting receive second bid

    Martins, who is with Portugal's squad preparing for their World Cup campaign, has a €60m (£53m) release clause in his contract. Sporting, however, consider the offer "insufficient" and have rejected it for a second time.
  • Tesla (TSLA) Stock: What’s Elon Musk Up to?

    Tesla (TSLA) Stock: What’s Elon Musk Up to?

    Pressure for the thrusters will be generated on-board via electric air pumps and composite-overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs). It will be composed of a sophisticated bottle which contains ultra high-pressure air that could be released for thrust.
    Robert De Niro uses F-bomb against Trump on live TV

    Robert De Niro uses F-bomb against Trump on live TV

    So all the Socialist, Communist, Leftie supporters...,' Kevin Sorbo also slammed the actor. Predictably, some commenters supported De Niro's position, while others found it offensive.
    Vieira confirmed as Nice coach

    Vieira confirmed as Nice coach

    The former Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan star returns to France after a 23-year career overseas as a player and a manager. Manchester City assistant manager Domenec Torrent has left the club to become New York City FC 's new manager.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.