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Chinese Dad Forces Near-Naked Son To Run in Snowy NYC (Video)

Chinese Dad Forces Near-Naked Son To Run in Snowy NYC (Video)

He Liesheng, a Chinese father who owns a bed linens company in Nanjing, is being lauded in China as an exemplary “eagle dad” and soundly criticized around the world for having his 4-year-old son, Ho Yide, run and do push-ups in the snow wearing only his underpants in New York’s Central Park in January. He posted a video of Yide, who can be seen running while crying as his mother encourages him.

According to the New York Daily News, He and his wife and son were in New York city on January 23 to celebrate Chinese New Year. On that day, there were two inches of snow on the ground and the temperature was 34 degrees.

He has defended his actions, saying that having Yide (who was wearing shoes) exercise wearing barely anything would help him develop a “masculine temperament” as the boy was born with water on his brain. He also has Yide do Kung Fu, dance, cycle and mountain climb; says he has thrown the little boy into freezing water to “toughen him up”; has him eat “cold ice cream on cold winter days to train his stomach to get used to the cold.” As a result, He claims, Yide “rarely has a cold or fever.”

A number of people on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, have called for the parents’ arrest after seeing the video of Yide looking less than thrilled about performing calisthenics in cold conditions (and in a foreign country). Others in  China are praising He and calling him an “eagle dad,” as eagles are said to push their young out of their nests so they learn how to fly. He himself has told CNN that he could care less about the criticism because Chinese parents “spoil” their children too much with the result that “they get weaker and less competitive compared to foreign children.”

He’s treatment of his son (and a child with disabilities) is quite in keeping with that of Chinese “parenting expert” Xiao Baiyou aka Wolf Dad who bragged about beating his son and three daughters in a book whose original title was Beat Them into Peking University.  It also recalls the aspersion cast on law school professor Amy Chua for writing about treating her two daughters with equal severity (and cruelty) in order to get them to be highly skilled musicians and successful students and not be softened by growing up in our over-permissive American culture. Indeed, at one point in Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, she puts one of her daughters outside in the cold and snow when the child is fed up with practicing. Chua boasts about her “strictness” in the book and not allowing her daughters to go to sleepovers or watch television.

Needless to say, I am outraged at how He treats his son. His views about parenting, and those of “Wolf Dad” Xiao and “Tiger Mother” Chua, are reflective of their own individual beliefs about parenting and education and should not be taken as what Chinese people, and Chinese American people for that matter, think about raising children. He’s, Xiao’s and Chua’s views should be seen as evidence of how some parents will do anything, to the point of subjecting children to physical harm and abuse, to make them “succeed.” This is a highly disturbing point of view that suggests that these individuals need to readjust their priorities about what’s important in raising a child.

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1:35PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

hes crying in the video. the poor baby. id love to snuggle him and give him a hug. he needs love, not this harsh evil treatment

3:53PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

To me, this IS Child Abuse!!! That kid has to be freezing with no clothes on in 34 degrees weather. Would the mother or father be running around with no clothes on in that temperature? Hell no they wouldn't.

6:55AM PST on Feb 22, 2012

This is not acceptable. I can see where the dad is coming from in that he wants his child to be strong but there are other ways of going about it. That poor child was running through the streets of New York practically naked, that's not something that any parent should make their child do :-(

3:04PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

hope those parents go to jail for appsolute Child Abuse, the hell is wrong with people these days when it comes to children. My Lord.

6:00AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Seems like a tough nut to crack!!

Huber.

7:51PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

this looks like child abuse to me whatever the ethnic origin of the parents

5:02PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Too many people have children simply because they do not take steps to not have children. The only thing this will do for this child is mess him up most likely. How sad to see this poor little boy wearing almost nothing.If it's not that bad then why don't the parent do it as well?
As for a "masculine temperament" they obviously do not accept their child for who he is. What a sexist load that is.

6:42AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

How much this will help him overcome the disability, we don`t know. How much this makes him suffer, that we can see in his face and also imagne it.
You run and do push ups in the snow! If you are an adult it`s your choice

3:23AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Why some people have children is beyond me. They are people in their own right, from the moment we first meet them, throughout their childhood, after we let them go out into the world just as we've done. If we haven't fulfilled high ambitions and dreams of excellence, it's not our right to bully our children into realising those fantasies for us.

And WHY in this day and age, do some people still think that you get a cold from BEING cold??? It's a VIRUS!!!

1:11AM PST on Feb 11, 2012

If the child is not showing any adverse effects from this treatment, what is the big deal? If this treatment enables the child to overcome a disability, why not? Maybe he will become a Navy SEAL when he grows up.

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