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'Eagle Dad' forcing child to run naked in snow rouses China ire (Read 946 times)

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'Eagle Dad' forcing child to run naked in snow rouses China ire
#1  February 08, 2012, 04:10:48 pm
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A video showing a four-year-old Chinese boy being forced by his parents to run almost naked through the snow in bitterly cold New York has gone viral and sparked an online uproar.

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The father was reportedly trying to train his son to be strong and healthy, and the footage has sparked debate about "Chinese"-style tough parenting -- as famously illustrated by Chinese American "Tiger Mother" author Amy Chua.

In the video, the little boy runs towards his father, who is filming him, in thick snow with only his shoes and underpants on, at times crying bitterly and pleading with his dad to take him in his arms.

On several occasions, both parents tell their son to lie down in the snow, which he does eventually when his mother presses him.

The film -- posted online by his father, who comes from the eastern city of Nanjing -- has been viewed by tens of thousands of people on various video sharing websites and has caused outrage.

"I don't agree with this... We should give children a happy childhood, those terrible parents say they do this for their child's own good, but I think their purpose is just to be able to brag in the future," one netizen said.

"I really don't support this, poor kid, does the kid's mother let the father do whatever he wants to do?" another person said on Sina's popular weibo microblogging service.

The father has been given the nickname of "Eagle Dad" in reference to Chua, who sparked controversy when she wrote a book extolling the benefits of tough parenting.

Chinese reporters who managed to interview the father found out the family was on holiday in New York during the Lunar New Year holiday last month when the video was shot, and the temperature was -13 degrees Celsius (nine degrees Fahrenheit).

The father -- an entrepreneur -- was trying to train his son to be tough after he was born two months premature, suffering from various health problems.

"Occasionally teaching your child about the cold and fortitude is ok, but if this method becomes a feature of everyday life, then the child's life learning process is just cruel," one person said on Sina's weibo.

China's one-child policy has created a generation of only children widely viewed as spoiled.

At the same time, kids are increasingly being forced by their parents to study hard at the expense of leisure activities to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2012/02/08/eagle-dad-forcing-child-to-run-naked-in-snow-rouses-china-ire
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#2  February 08, 2012, 04:16:25 pm
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:gonk:

So that's how Maverik was raised to be a tough boy...
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#3  February 08, 2012, 04:32:06 pm
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no wonder he went mad
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#4  February 08, 2012, 04:36:25 pm
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this extreme of parenting works better than the other extreme, but tis' still better to find a happy medium.
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#5  February 08, 2012, 04:54:14 pm
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The tiger mother only creates tiger children. Because watch, children under this disciplinary style tend to turn into monsters. Discipline was made for one thing: to establish a point. Pointless tough love will do the opposite. Anyone who doesn't understand that this is a double edged sword isn't fit to be a parent.

Eagle Dad? Heh, he looks more like a peacock.
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#6  February 08, 2012, 07:06:30 pm
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What the.....this kid is going to be a bully when he grows up -_-", and emotionally-scarred for life.
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#7  February 08, 2012, 10:16:15 pm
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I wonder what the dad told his son.

But are there truly grown men in this world?!
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#8  February 08, 2012, 11:29:46 pm
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#9  February 08, 2012, 11:57:05 pm
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Wow, that kid is so cold that almost at the end he is trying to do some push ups to warm up... lol
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#10  February 09, 2012, 12:08:59 am
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Eagle Dad?? Troll Dad, you mean
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#11  February 09, 2012, 12:19:55 am
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Wow, that kid is so cold that almost at the end he is trying to do some push ups to warm up... lol

For a second I thought the parents were telling him to.  Regardless, whatever the kid did, if anything at all, he didn't deserve it. 
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#12  February 09, 2012, 05:00:32 am
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in the next few months a viral vid showing parents confiscating their child's laptop, ps3, x360, would cause an uproar in the western internet society.

how sadist, bohoo, they keep their children off the net for a week, they've denied daily access to facebook, while their pet in farmville is dying, how sadist!!!!
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#13  February 09, 2012, 01:00:43 pm
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The father just want the boy to have +2 Cold Resistance perk as early as possible. :D
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#14  February 09, 2012, 04:30:08 pm
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Actually, my sister is doing something similar to her 1 y/o baby, they live in Montreal, Canada. My Brother In Law says "how the hell do you think we can stand the freaking cold here? We need to expose ourselves to this friggin cold since an early age". Of course, they don't take the baby out naked to the snow.

To me, THAT's outrageous ... Obviously because in the hot desert part of Mexico where I live, if the temperature ever goes down to less than 40°F / 5°C, we never take our younglings out.
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#15  February 09, 2012, 04:37:55 pm
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in the next few months a viral vid showing parents confiscating their child's laptop, ps3, x360, would cause an uproar in the western internet society.

how sadist, bohoo, they keep their children off the net for a week, they've denied daily access to facebook, while their pet in farmville is dying, how sadist!!!!

I'm more pissed that the dad taped it than the discipline itself.

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#16  February 09, 2012, 05:46:40 pm
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Obviously because in the hot desert part of Mexico where I live, if the temperature ever goes down to less than 40°F / 5°C, we never take our younglings out.

the girls around here sunbathe if it gets up to 40°F
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#17  February 09, 2012, 05:55:37 pm
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in the next few months a viral vid showing parents confiscating their child's laptop, ps3, x360, would cause an uproar in the western internet society.

how sadist, bohoo, they keep their children off the net for a week, they've denied daily access to facebook, while their pet in farmville is dying, how sadist!!!!
Yes, that's totally comparable to potentially giving your child hypothermia.
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#18  February 09, 2012, 07:00:17 pm
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um your pets in farmville never die. you fucking noob
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#19  February 09, 2012, 07:22:13 pm
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LOL.
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#20  February 10, 2012, 01:09:19 am
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