Thursday, October 4, 2007

Tied-up girl's - Huang Li swims three hours in chilly river

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It this child cruelty???

A father tied his 10-year-old daughter's hands and feet and watched her swim in a chilly river for three hours 'help her achieve her dream of swimming across the English Channel.'

Huang Li'swam like a dolphin', occassionally paddling with her bound hands, for two or three kilometers in the Xiang Riverin Southern China.

Her father, Huang Daosheng, said she travelled with the current and added: "Her swimming skills are perfect and she insisted on doing this. It's not dangerous because, first, her swimming skills are really good and second, I was swimming with her, staying close to her. I had her when I was 35, so she is my heart. I would never play around with her life."

The family lives in the city of Zhangjiajie in Hunan province and the youngster got the idea after seeing something similar on a local television programme. Huang Li's swim is at least the second time in recent months that a child athlete has drawn media attention. [Quoted from Metro]

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Scott McMaster said...

Morally unredemable in any context.
Sickening on a discustingly inhumane level.

Cathy said...

This is certainly out of the ordinary, but I don't believe that the father forced his daughter to do this in any context. Obviously, this girl feels motivated by the impending Olympics to be a great athlete and her family cannot afford a teacher. While this may be rare (but not impossible) in the U.S., the dedication and endurance of ambitious children in China is extraordinary. I see this as a story of one girl's incredible dedication to becoming a great athlete. I think though, due to the media attention, perhaps we could set up a donation system to get her a proper swimming coach so she wouldn't have to do this again.

Scott McMaster said...

Give me a break!
//"can't afford a teacher"//?
the father is reported to be an instructor.

The family's economic situation has little logical baring on the moral equation at hand. Nor does the child's ("Child" remember this word refers to a minor, whose decisions and reasoning faculties are underdeveloped and easily influenced--especially by their parents) desire to become a successful athlete.

//"rare (but not impossible) in the US"//

Anthropological relativist thinking of this nature has no baring on the moral equation at hand.

The man willingly bond his daughter and either forced or allowed her to engage in a potentially life threatening activity for more than 3 hours. For a parent to have engaged in actions of this kind is completely reprehensible and ethically devoid of value.

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