For any parents, understanding their own children is not always an easy task. With the hope to provide a humble amount of assistance to our dear parents, the GATE Center had created an opportunity for its students to speak their minds in the GATE book project, named “So That I Will Roar You Gently.” These young authors are not only representatives of a small group of gifted students, but also of Vinsers and the Vietnamese youth. The 13 short stories of the book go above and beyond classroom confinement, expressing intimate feelings and hidden emotions with nothing but raw talents and words.
The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Center at Vinschool initiated the planning and implementation of a large-scale book project. With the assistance of the GATE Center, 11 young writers completed the book within the course of three months. All pieces are writen in English.
In September 2019, after a long period of polishing and perfecting their work, 2000 copies of their first book were printed by the Ho Chi Minh City General Publishing House, now ready to be released in October.
So That I Will Roar You Gently comprises short stories about everyday life and inner feelings of a young writers collective, who also represent a wider community of Vietnamese youth.
The book title embodies the qualities of the youth: full of enthusiasm with a hint of extravagance. This is a powerful roar – unstoppable, captivating, yet gentle at the same time. Perhaps, the authors want readers, especially parents, to slowly see their children’s thoughts and point of view.
Those stories are not only about school or learning, but also about family bonds, emotions, and feelings at time of separation, the aspirations for change, and internal conflicts or doubts about the future ahead.
In addition to pointing out the limitations of stereotypes, the confinement of “staying inside the box” and the restraints of parents’ expectations, the young writers expressed their thoughts on issues they could see and hear. Regardless of how their thoughts were put into words, they boldly expressed their multi-dimensional, profound and diverse perspectives.
Amid the hustle and bustle of life, despite a society where negativity is too easy to spot, the book brings about a sense of optimism stemming from the confidence and sincerity of these young writers.
“From the time we first brainstormed ideas for the book to the stage of writing and drawing illustration for each short stories, we always did our utmost to convey and spread positivity compassion to our parents and our peers, which we want to be as wholesome and straightforward as possible. It was indeed a hard time for us, yet full of memories. We have all learned a lot, I believe”, shared Minh Ngoc.
The official book release date is Saturday, October 12, 2019, and on the same day, a book release event will be hosted at the Hanoi Book Street. All revenues from selling this book will be used for charity purposes.
Right now, you can order the book HERE.