Video: Chinese Eagle Dad trains 4-year-old son to jog naked in NYC’s heavy snow
In a heavy snowstorm in the Flushing Chinatown area of the New York City where temperature plummeted to 13 degrees Celsius below zero(9 F), a 4-year-old boy who hails from Nanjing, China, was asked by his “Eagle Dad” to run while wearing nothing but a yellow underwear and sneakers. It was in the early morning of the day before Chinese Lunar New Year. There was hardly any soul on the street. The snow on that day was 8 inches. The little boy in the video can be heard sobbing while imploring his father repeatedly to hold him in the arms. The Eagle Dad later told media that his son is a premature baby and was expected to suffer from cerebral palsy, which will lead to mental retardation and learning disabilities. However, after three years of draconian training, his son now has an IQ of 218 points.
Video on Youtube with English subtitles by Ministry of Tofu
According to reports from the media who later got in touch with the father, the little boy is named He Yide, nicknamed Duo Duo. He was born in February, 2008. His father, Mr. He, is a businessman in Nanjing.
Mr. He said that he didn’t get his little darling until 40 years of age. But Duo Duo was a premature baby born at 28 weeks with many neonatal complications, including intraventricular hemorrhage, angioma, jaundice, hydrocephalus (excess fluid build-up in the brain) and small brain volume. The obstetrician who mid-wived the baby warned Mr. He that the child might become intellectually impaired in the future.
After getting home, Mr. He, who was once a teacher, decided to devise a draconian development plan for his son to ensure his healthy growth. In his words, “There are ‘Wolf Dad’ and ‘Tiger Mom’ before me. I will be an ‘Eagle Dad.’” He went on to explain his eagle-style child rearing: When the eaglet becomes old enough, the mother eagle will ruthlessly thrust the eaglet off the cliff. During the process of freefalling toward the bottom of the valley, the eaglet tries as best as it can to flutter his wings wildly to prevent itself from continuing to fall, and thereby masters their basic skill – flying. Parenting is not always bear-style. If parents always hold children in their arms like a bear does, it is very likely to destroy kids’ individuality, hold them back from their dreams and render them languid and slothful and their life drab.
Ever since the tenth day after Duo Duo was carried out of the incubator, his parents have insisted that he swim every day, rain or shine, summer or winter. The water temperature is always kept at 25 degrees Celsius (67 F). When Duo Duo was only 2, he started to hike a mountain trail in Nanjing. Mr. He also trains him for other sports activities.
Eagle Dad teaches Duo Duo to read Chinese characters.
This drastic training method was met with overwhelming criticism online. Some netizens even suspect that Mr. He is Duo Duo’s stepfather instead of biological father. According to a survey on Sina Weibo, 64% of netizens strongly oppose to it; 25% reserve their judgment or hold a neutral position, and only 10% think it is worth a try. Among his most vocal critics, some say he did it to gain notoriety.
In response, Eagle Dad said that he is now an entrepreneur; his business is booming; and that it makes no sense for him to become famous by doing this. But he said he won’t succumb to outside pressure and give up. “Taikan Kunren (Japanese for ‘training to build up resistance to cold weather’) is very prevalent in Japan and Korea. Why do we look askance at it?” Mr. He said he doesn’t want his child to be a flower in a hothouse, or a little emperor pampered by the entire family. He wants instead a tough character to withstand hardships and difficulties.
Taikan Kunren, or training to build up resistance to cold weather, in a Japanese kindergarten. (From here)
Selected comments from Sina Weibo
維維棋Vicky：Is this father a pervert?! Why don’t you dare yourself to run naked and let us see if your IQ would become higher?
Xiaoming-mummy：My son is also 4 years old. It makes people’s hearts ache. Parents’ love is universal. But isn’t it too much torture on the child? Why was the mother laughing in the back?
何以解忧唯有女U：In China, it is legal albeit irrational. But in the United States, it is neither legal nor rational. I suggest that the parents’ custody of the child be stripped as per U.S. law!
呆呆呆呆呆呆呆v: The child is not mentally retarded, but the father is brain-dead!
伊托邦洪波：What kind of IQ test is that? It can grade as high as 218 points? Besides, what does enduring coldness have to do with IQ?
展SUNKID：Since it is in the U.S., why not detain Eagle Dad? It is obviously child abuse. Even if his IQ were 300, it is highly probable that he becomes a killing machine after growing up. A killing machine with high IQ.
歆仔是个伪迷妹TAT：F**k!!! Why don’t you take off your clothing and run!!! Psycho!! Is the child your biological son!!!
小小婧2011：Isn’t it true that little kids in Japan and Korea also temper their willpower this way? His father’s original intent was good. And it did work as a way to toughen him up. As long as it doesn’t pose a hidden peril to the child’s health, it is fine…I support him…I wouldn’t have the heart to do it if I were him.
这厢银：When it is necessary, being strict is in a sense good. But this is too extreme.
湘西回忆：Everyone’s parenting method is different. So children educated will have different personalities and capabilities as a result. And this method is capable of boosting the child’s immune system.
虫时代 ：The child is so little. Why can there be parents as cruel as them? What does he want? Just the capacity to brag in front of his friends and a child that shivers in freezing wind!
湖面水晶：I will never want the bullshit IQ of over 200 points! No matter how retarded he would be, I would love my child with all my heart.
-ISABELLA-xuwanfen：Whatever method is used to boost his IQ, he is after all a 4-year-old. This method is way too cruel.
卷子-：I find that the one who publishes this post is brain-dead. The ones who comment on this are also brain-dead. This child was previously expected to develop cerebral palsy. His father has had the disease under control by using this method. Would you rather your kid be retarded for the rest of his life or live strongly like this since childhood?