AWKS... Australian Prime Minister says 'hello' in Chinese to woman who replies 'I'm Korean'

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made an embarrassing gaffe and unfortunately it was caught on camera.

He headed out on a campaign trail in Sydney’s most multi-cultural neighbourhood, the suburb of Strathfield and then this happened:

Yep, he said hello to a Korean woman in Chinese.

Shaking hands with a woman as a group of journalists watched on, he said:

Hello, how are you? Ni hao, how are you?

 

‘Ni hao’ means ‘hello’ in Chinese. There are actually 10 ways to say hello – all used in different circumstances – in Korean so he really had a good chance of getting it right if he’d have been speking the correct language.

Still, the unidentified woman took Morrison’s mischaracterisation of her nationality and assumption of her ethnicity in her stride and deftly corrected him.

She quickly replied ‘No, no, no, I’m Korean’.

Morrison hovered for a few moment to listen to her remarks before moving on to talk to someone else.

Errrmmmm...awks...