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

Ivanka Trump daughter of President Donald Trump

Ivanka Trump daughter of President Donald Trump

Donald Trump's daughter posted a quote from what she said was a Chinese proverb on Monday.

Some Weibo users suggested she might have mixed up the translation of the proverb, "A true gentleman should keep silent while watching a chess game", according to the New York Times.

Roberts' colleague Chen Gao, a senior Chinese language lecturer, also told The Independent: "Many Chinese started joking about their own Chinese language skills, because they can't think of any old sayings with the English equivalents", she said.

Pinning the tweet to the top of her page, she wrote: 'Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' - Chinese Proverb'.

Larry Herzberg, a professor of Chinese at Calvin College in MI, said Ivanka's 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".

Ivanka Trump's family has a lot of fans in China.

One user on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, said the saying originated from Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.

According to the publication, the quote was first printed in USA newspapers in 1903, while some researchers believe it was created by playwright George Bernard Shaw. "Please help!" wrote the news channel affiliated with Weibo's parent company on its social-media account.

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.

She quoted the tweet as having been said by Confucious, famous Chinese editor, philosopher, and politician when in reality the historical figure never had said anything remotely like that.

"This not even remotely an actual Chinese proverb".

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

"And Twitter users in the know were quick to point out the misattribution".

Unfortunately for Ivanka, the proverb is apparently not Chinese. 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.

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