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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.

“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. - AFP



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hess, wrote

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03:55pm on 15 February 2012
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YOu sick f... b.... both you and your wife are evil to the bottom of hell, may you rot..................

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:35pm on 8 February 2012
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This father is right, he is going to be strong. like Jackie Chan.....lol

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:41pm on 8 February 2012
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The father was a little too kind since the boy kept his shoes on. This has to be better than buying some fat kid a Macdonald and coke and dying at 60 from diabetes and heart disease. Well done Eagle Dad, but next time you should run with him

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anonymous, wrote

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02:27pm on 8 February 2012
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This is embarrasment, how could a mother do this to her child? where is the bonding here? shame unto them.

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anon, wrote

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02:22pm on 8 February 2012
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"Weakness compells strength!! Betrayal begets blood." Cnt u c they part of the ninja assasins!!

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Precious, wrote

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02:12pm on 8 February 2012
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There is cruelty to children all over the world. India has child labour, Russia trains young girls in the Olympics, even the great Andre Agassi was forced to play tennis when only 7 (read his autobiography) this little one was lucky to be found. But what happens when they get him home? The human race is not very human.

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02:10pm on 8 February 2012
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I am sorry I could not complete watching this video as my heart just broke. I want to hug my little boy now. This should not be tolerated by society. It is child abuse. Premature children have an inherent toughness in them. There is no need to toughen them up. Most of these children grow up to be high flyers and overcome great obstacles. This kind of thing will only break the child's spirit. Lock up the parents.

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Rene, wrote

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01:55pm on 8 February 2012
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This is so sick! And the mother and father are laughing in the background! They have no clue what parents are...

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Astounded, wrote

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01:41pm on 8 February 2012
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OMG!!! This video clip is beyond disturbing and those "parents" should be prosecuted! That poor little boy.

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:15pm on 8 February 2012
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My older son came two months early and was 1.2kg. If anything I am very protective over him. He is a normal boy like any other child. These parents are sick and the mother I am lost for words. Poor baby.

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Karen, wrote

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01:07pm on 8 February 2012
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I wish I was there to remove the father's clothes and make him lie in the snow!!!! How disgusting to do this to a child!

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:02pm on 8 February 2012
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I have heard about making your sons tough but REALLY!!!!!!

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:48pm on 8 February 2012
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This to wrong, dam wrong, no one should have the right to abuse another person

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Anonymous, wrote

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12:37pm on 8 February 2012
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This is by no means teaching your child to be tough. Love, care, discipline and and good family structure. Make them strip and let them run kalgat in the freaking cold dumb asses.

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