《成长的法律烦恼》（Growing Pains in Law）从一个刚刚转入新学校的新生艾莉的视角，以中英文对照的方式，讲述她和她朋友身上发生的各类常见的法律故事，并通过她和爸爸的讨论通俗易懂地分析每一个法律案例。
英文书名：Growing Pains in Law
I am Emily Shen, and I am a junior in high school.
According to United Nations, anyone under the age of 18 are classified as children and adolescents. Therefore, I am still a teenager.
There are about 1.8 billion teens and children in the world, accounting for about 24% of the world’s population. Do you know that every year and every day, many teenagers and children suffer from physical or mental injuries and difficulties? According to United Nations’ statistics:
Nearly 20% of children under the age of 5 are stunted due to malnutrition.
About 150 million students between the ages of 13 and 15 have been bullied, accounting for about 50% of the population in this age group.
In addition, around the world, for every 7 minutes, a teenager is murdered due to violence.
Have you been bullied or harmed by others? Have your other precious possessions been snatched by others? If you encounter these difficulties, who would you turn to for help?
Yes, you can tell your parents or family members or ask a teacher for help, and you can also tell your friends, right? Well, if necessary, you can also seek the police for help.
However, in the end, we must rely on ourselves to become stronger mentally, physically and intellectually, which includes learning and understanding some sort of legal knowledge.
Since I was a child, I have been passionate about researching and learning about legal stories. Oftentimes, I would discuss juvenile legal incidents that I had encountered in school or those that had been reported in the media with my lawyer father. These stories and discussions have nourished my growth along the way, and quietly opened the door for me to study juvenile legal issues. With the accumulation and deepening of my research, I realized that having a general understanding of common legal knowledge is very beneficial. Not only does it teach us how to respect and not harm others, but also it lets us know how to better protect ourselves.
Three years ago, I started to write the book "Growing Pains in Law". I want to share my research and insights with other teenagers my age with the hope of helping more people.
All the frustration, restlessness and repetitions in the writing process are still fresh and vivid in my head! For example, when the book revision process was at its busiest in March of this year, the novel coronavirus pandemic broke out globally. It is heartbreaking to hear or read about the unfortunate passing of many patients on the media every day! However, I have also heard and seen many touching stories of people bravely helping each other, uniting and loving each other in the face of a disaster. These moments are encouraging us to persevere and look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel!
In November of 2020, after more than three years, the book "Growing Pains in Law", a Chinese and English bilingual collaboration between my father and I, was officially published by Fudan University Press. As a well-known publisher in China and abroad, being able to publish this book with Fudan University Press does not only demonstrate great concern for the health and growth of adolescent, but also acted as a great encouragement to me! Thank you to editor Ms. Li Quan, thank you to Professor Shen Kui of Peking University Law School for writing the preface to this book, and another special thank you to Dr. Katherine Fidler and Yao/studio puke ink. Your love and support are even warmer and more radiant in this darkest moment!
Next, I will be discussing some legal issues related to the daily life of teenagers with you. Each episode has a story and a theme. Not all of these case stories happened to me personally or to my friends, but they are all possible stories that exist in our daily lives. My analysis is not necessarily the only correct answer, but I hope it can inspire you. Of course, if these legal stories can help you or your friends out, I would be beyond grateful for their impact!
I would also love to hear your legal story or your feedback! Now, let's look forward to the first episode of the Legal Stories Collection and see what happened!