You might have heard about the 'Tiger Mom,' a moniker give to certain mothers who are known to push their kids extremely hard.
What you may not know is that there is a male counterpart, the 'Eagle Dad,' and a certain father's unrelenting demands of his kids have made headlines worldwide. He is Mr. He Lieshing, and you may remember him from when he made his 4-year-old son, Duoduo, strip down to his underwear in the middle of winter and run through the streets of New York City. Or, more recently, when Mr. He forced Duoduo to sail alone in heavy winds.
Well, Mr. He and his son are back in the news with another disturbing outing. Mr. He recently took Duoduo and his older sister to Mt. Fiji in Japan, hoping they could reach the 12,388 foot summit and and unfurl a banner supporting Chinese sovereignty of the disputed Senkaku Islands.
The hike proved more difficult than Mr. He anticipated, as it was the offseason and shelters were boarded up. Mr. He had not packed enough rations, and his children quickly became hungry. He also had no waterproof clothing, so the children were soaked when it began to rain.
Finally, the family had to stop at around 11,000 feet because Duoduo was experiencing altitude sickness. The family was rescued by Japanese park rangers, but not before unfurling the banner which read in part, "The Diaoyu Islands belong to China."
Despite the negative connotation of the term 'Eagle Dad,' Mr. He has tried to cash in on the phrase, and he even wrote a book about his experiences with Duoduo.
(H/T to Off the Bench)