My Name Is Kimchi

All Current Exhibits  April 5, 2022

A local Brookline author, Cori Ahn, has curated 7 illustrations and Hanbok (Korean traditional clothing) featured in her book. In this exhibit, you can see an interesting blending of Korean and American culture. The book’s illustrator, Ho-Baek Lee (the winner of the New York Times Best Childrens’ Book Award), portrayed the spirit of clothes, food, and house in these beautiful illustrations. The exhibit will run at the Putterham Library from April 1 through May 31.

Kimchi – spicy, salty, and delicious fermented vegetables of all kinds – is a staple food in Korea. More and more people around the world are discovering Kimchi and it is quickly becoming one of the world’s favorite foods. Imagine…what if a Korean-American family living in Brookline came across an American family calling out and looking for “Kimchi” at Halls Pond Sanctuary? How did a cute puppy come to have such a name? Based on a true story that took place here in Brookline, “My Name Is Kimchi,” is a delightful and heart-warming story of two cultures, food, and friendship surrounding the dog named Kimchi.

Hanbok is traditional clothing in Korea – people enjoy wearing Hanbok on special occasions and holidays. In this charming book, there is a scene where the Korean family and a puppy named Kimchi wear Hanbok to celebrate the first birthday of the youngest child of the family – the dol celebration. The Hanbok in this display is called Saekdong, which symbolizes harmony, and babies and young children in Korea wear it for good luck, especially on their very first birthday!

For more information about purchasing the book in the Korean version, email