Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb' might not be real

Lester Mason
June 13, 2018

President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday in Singapore. However, users on China's largest Twitter-like microblogging site, Weibo, took to the social media platform to point out that such a proverb didn't actually exist in their language.

"'This not even remotely an actual Chinese proverb.' - Chinese Proverb", angryasianman tweeted.

Ms Trump has frequently touted her connection to China and its culture.

Ivanka Trump lit up social media on Monday after tweeting a piece of wisdom she attributed as an ancient Chinese saying: "Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those doing it". 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 Donald Trump's visit to Beijing last year. She has cultivated a loyal following among young Chinese women, many of whom admire her success in starting a fashion brand and see her as a symbol of elegance.

It's not the first time Ivanka Trump has given China credit for an adage. Since then, the quote has gone through a number of variations and attributions.


Only catch? Chinese Twitter users couldn't recognise the "proverb" as one of their own.

"It sounds more legitimate and credible to pronounce a quote coming from the ancient civilisation of China". In fact, no one quite knows where it comes from, and it is often attributed to Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, but there is no evidence supporting that either.

One website suggested it originated in the United States itself at the turn of the 20th century.

Quote Investigator suggests that it first appeared in 1903, in a periodical called The Public, from Chicago, and referred to the innovations taking place during that time.

William Kristol, a conservative pundit, joked that the White House, in the midst of a heated trade dispute with China, had given away a valuable American invention.

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