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Loathed in America, Ivanka Trump is called ‘goddess’ in China

She may be controversial in her home country, but Ivanka Trump is huge in China. In fact, Donald Trump’s second-oldest child is quickly becoming a cult figure in the communist country. She even has her own online fan club dedicated to the “Goddess Ivanka.”

“Most people in China love Ivanka because of her friendly gestures towards the Chinese people,” blogger and Beijing Institute of Technology economics professor Hu Xingdou tells NBC.

“She’s elegant and confident and a truly successful woman,” Bridget Wang, a grad student at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, adds. “Her feminine touch will help smooth Chinese-U.S. relations.”

But the praise doesn’t stop there.

“She is very amiable, with a tender disposition,” Geng Baoqiang, a senior manager at a foreign investment company remarks. “Not like her father who is quite unpredictable.”

“She’s independent-minded, thoughtful, and supportive of her dad,” Jenny Zhen, a Chinese language teacher, adds. “Her kids learning Chinese language will definitely have a good influence on China-U.S. relations.”

“She is the image ambassador of the White House,” says Chen Pei, a student at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

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That’s right, folks, Ivanka has completely captured the Chinese imagination.

So much so that fans have started banding together on the social media platform Sina Weibo, China’s version of Facebook, where they have created multiple accounts in her honor. The group “Goddess Ivanka” has over 12,700 followers. Other popular accounts include “Ivanka Trump Fan Page” and “Ivanka Trump China.”

The media has also been doting on her, frequently describing her as “capable and stylish” and “elegant and sociable” in newspapers.

And don’t think for a second that Ivanka isn’t taking advantage of her newfound celebrity.

The first daughter currently has 16 registered trademarks in China, and more than 30 pending applications, which she applied for to stop hundreds of copycat Chinese companies from cashing in on her name. The “Ivanka Trump” brand has been slapped on everything from tacky jewelry, to underwear, to mattresses, to formula milk powder. Rumor has it she’s also planning on opening some sort of Ivanka Trump spa service.

Hu says the Trump family’s interest in China has been a great “boost for Chinese cultural nationalism.”

“It shows that Chinese culture has an important place in international society,” he says. “Ivanka is an important bridge during this period of uncertainties in China-U.S. relations.”

Norman Eisen, a former ethics lawyer who served under Barack Obama, recently told The Boston Globe that if Ivanka really is the civil servant she claims to be, she should cut business ties with China immediately.

“Ivanka has so many China ties and conflicts, yet she and Jared appear deeply involved in China contacts and policy,” Eisen said. “I would never have allowed it. For their own sake, and the country’s, Ivanka and Jared should consider stepping away from China matters.”

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20 Comments

  • 1EqualityUSA

    It sounds to me as though the people have longings for a life other than the one they inherited. Hopeful.

  • DCguy

    Of course they love her, all of her goods are manufactured there.

  • Mack

    Then perhaps her and her whole family, including daddy, should move there.

  • whatsaywhat

    If your parents buy you the best education, plastic surgery, & business opportunities money can buy, you can be a successful woman too.

    Enough of this “Ivanka is special” bullshit. She’s another spoilt, entitled brat who’s had everything handed to her on a silver platter and goes around pretending she’s “worked” for it. Sorry, not buying her crap (whether it’s made in China or not).

  • JaredMacBride

    No idea why anyone thinks Ivanka is “Loathed in America.” More alt-facts by the people still butt hurt over the election?

  • natekerchel

    No Jared – opinion polls tell us. Just like they tell us that trump has the lowest approval rating of ANY U.S. ‘President’ in history at this stage in his ‘administration’. We don’t need to feel hurt by the election – we won by more than 3 million votes after all. We know that trump feels hurt though by his lack of political legitimacy because he actually lost the election in the real world. As for Ms.Kushner – she is welcome to the praise from a country with a communist dictatorship who brutally repress any kind of attempt to create a more free and democratic country. I would be wondering what I was doing wrong if the Chinese praised me.

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    • JaredMacBride

      If your diva won the election why isn’t she in the White House? Russians you say?? Goodness you live in an alternate reality.

    • o.codone

      Dear delusional natekerchel. You won, but still your candidate is walking alone in the woods instead of dining in the White House. You can keep stomping your feet and insisting that she won like the butt hurt snowflake that you are, but remember, President Trump is eating her lunch day after day IN THE WHITE HOUSE. I think you’re making up “facts” to suite your narrative and your delusional thought disorder. Nothing you said up here ^ is even remotely true.

  • stadacona

    Ivanka will be the first female US president. Hillary and Rosie will commit suicide.

  • monkeywearstie

    I found a verified account on Sina Weibo called “Godess Ivanka” after the initial shocks I’ve received. I wonder how she manages to get only 20-50 likes and 10-something comments for each post, with a fan base of 12000+ users? Second, when the original journalist (NYTimes) wrote that article, they should really explain two important Chinese concepts/slangs.
    1. ??? (lit. supreme-level trolls), a term used to describe someone that uses praising and sarcasm to insult someone else. Basically someone who insult and degrade celebs by throwing shades or pick fights with other celebs or the public.
    2. ??? (lit. brain-damaged fans). There are generally two types of brain-damaged fans: real or fake, depending on whether the term is placed by someone else or self-identified. The meaning of this term is very straight-forward: fan-base that never uses their brains to think (for the real kind).

    • monkeywearstie

      I guess Queerty can’t display Chinese characters. The first word is Gao Ji Hei (high-level trolls), and the second is Nao Can Fen (brain-damaged fans).

  • RomanHans

    I hope no one is fooled by this ridiculous article. China has a population of 1.35 BILLION, yet the most popular online Ivanka fan forum has ten thousand followers? If anything this proves the vast majority of Chinese — we’re talking 99.99% — either don’t care about Ivanka or don’t like her.

  • Mo Bro

    More proof that Asians are smarter than Americans.

    • natekerchel

      Not hard to be smarter than you.

    • Mo Bro

      @nate:
      Too bad you can’t edit or remove your crass response, for it shall forever display the classic “tolerance” and “anti-bullying” and “progressive” stance of the typical hypocritical leftie (not to mention the utter lack of creativity or maturity on your part).

  • natekerchel

    Jared- why do you seek to deny the truth about the popular vote? Even trump knows he lost it. The electoral college voted for him – not the people. It was you right wing deluded people that coined the phrase ‘alternative facts’ – and that is the world you all live in. How can you even try and deny the result of the popular vote – the real people’s vote. In any other country Clinton would be in the White House – whether you agree with that or not. That is a fact.

  • natekerchel

    I admit it was a crass response Mo Bro – I could not resist it in this occasion. Normally I refrain from that kind of reaction – unlike you and your friends. I find that polite discussion and presenting a reasonable case does not work with people like you. But at least I know when I have said something wrong. Took a look at your own responses and ‘bullying’ and name-calling on many many subjects on here. The word ‘hypocrite’ would not just apply to me.

  • o.codone

    Personal attacks show what you people are truly made of. The left used to call out anyone who made personal attacks and shame them, now, that’s all the left does is conduct personal attacks. Jared’s buildings have rats, the President’s refrigerators are not the right temperature, the First Lady is a call girl. Seriously, the nation elected Trump precisely because your side was name calling 24/7. So, unless you want MORE Trump, I suggest you chill. You are your own worst enemies. p.s. Ivanka is LOVED, not loathed.

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