A home-filmed 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.
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.
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.
China’s one-child policy has created a generation of only children widely viewed as spoilt.
hmmmmmm! It’s not as bad as little Yue-Yue. What do you guys think?