Chinese father forces nearly-naked son to run around freezing NYC
By Leonard Greene, New York Post, February 9, 2012
A coldhearted dad from China forced his nearly naked 4-year-old son to run around and do pushups in the New York snow despite the boy’s crying pleas to stop — drawing international outrage from angry viewers who saw the video online.
Wearing nothing but athletic shoes and a pair of yellow briefs on what was a bitterly cold day last month, young He Yide is seen begging his father to pick him up while the pitiless papa urges him to run faster through the snow.
The father, He Liesheng, 44, a Nanjing businessman, shot the video while vacationing in New York.
He said he is taking an “eagle dad” approach to raising his son, who was born prematurely with a host of medical problems.
“When the old eagle teaches its young, it takes the young eagles to the cliffside, beats them, and pushes them to teach them to use their wings,” He told a Chinese newspaper.
“I believe I am helping my son in this way — to force him to challenge limitations and exceed his own expectations.”
This was not the first time he took his tough love too far.
When Yide was 2, his dad took him on a mountain-climbing trip, giving him few breaks to rest.
He wasted no time with the torture training: He had Yide — nicknamed Duo Duo — swimming in 25-degree water just weeks after he left the incubator.
“Duo Duo stayed in the hospital for two months after he was born,” He said. “But since then, he was in perfect health and never sent to hospitals.”
Viewers disagree with the father’s extreme parenting philosophy. “You are torturing your child,” one angry viewer said in a comment posted on the video.
“Why didn’t you run with your son naked too?”
Additional reporting by Chuck Bennett and Rebecca Harshbarger