China is Baffled by Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese Proverb' Tweet

Angelo Anderson
June 13, 2018

Ivanka Trump left the Chinese baffled on Monday when she tweeted what she labeled a "Chinese proverb"- one that the Chinese weren't too familiar with, The Washington Post reported.

"The daughter of the USA president tweeted on Monday: "'Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' - Chinese Proverb". A pseudo-Confucian version was fabricated in 1962 - perhaps explaining why Ms Trump believed it was a Chinese proverb. 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".

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

Trump posted the words of wisdom on Monday, possibly sparked by criticism of her father's efforts in the North Korea summit.

But seconds later, the social media community started to point out there was little evidence to suggest the saying originated in China, reports the New York Times.

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


'Our editor really can't think of exactly which proverb this is.

Weibo users quickly piled in to mock the President' daughter.

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

"Maybe she saw it in a Panda Express fortune cookie", one person joked. "It seems in fact to be American from the turn of the 20th c. -which makes sense, since its spirit is can-do Americanism", he tweeted. 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.

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

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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