HA NOI (VNS) — Noted young author Do Nhat Nam has recently released a new biography about being a teenager.
|Teenage mind: The cover of Do Nhat Nam's newly released biography Bo Me Da Cua Do To (My Parents Won My Heart).
Nam, 13, shares his psychological and physical changes in his book titled Bo Me Da Cua Do To (My Parents Won My Heart).
The biography has three chapters named Bo To (My Dad), Me To (My Mom) and Welcome Tuoi Day Thi (Welcome Teenage Years).
In the first two chapters, he writes about his parents' characters and how they educate their children.
Nam is a rare junior writer because he shares his complicated feelings as a teenager about gender differences.
"When I was in second grade, my parents gave me a toy that taught me the physical differences between men and women," Nam said. "In that way, they taught me how to differentiate between men's and women's bodies."
Nam said the popular books are boring because they just focus on the differences between the way boys and girls dress and do their hair.
The most important thing is that we understand the different characters between men and women, which lead to differences in behaviour. For example, boys should be polite and tolerant to girls, he said.
"As a teenager, I am like a bird longing for an open sky. I want to fly into that immense sky everyday. It's such a happy feeling because I know I am always protected by my parents," Nam wrote in his biography.
At 7, Nam was recognised by the Viet Nam Book of Records as the youngest translator of science works titled Sun Up and Down: The Story of Day and Night and Charging About: The Story of Electricity by Jacqui Bailey and Matthew Lilly.
At 11, he wrote a biography titled To Da Hoc Tieng Anh Nhu The Nao? (How Did I Learn English?), which brought him a second record for the "Youngest Biography Writer".
Nam has recently been appointed editor-in-chief at Creative Melange, a magazine for teenage readers that features creative writing, photography and art by international high school students.
The magazine will be published quarterly and distributed to schools in different countries at an affordable price. As a non-profit organisation, Creative Melange will use the funds it makes solely to develop the magazine for students to pursue their passions.
Nam's father is researcher Do Xuan Thao, an official at the Ha Noi National University of Education, while his mother, Phan Ho Diep, is a lecturer at the same university. — VNS