My Name is Yoon is a beautifully rendered picture book depicting a Korean child who has left her native home and immigrated to America. She is struggling with the cultural differences. This is evidenced by Yoon’s resistance to writing the English version of her name.
At the beginning of the book, Yoon is given a phonetic spelling of her Korean name in English. Although her dad reassures her that the English version of her name still keeps its original meaning of “shining wisdom”, Yoon dislikes it because it loses the uniqueness of her Korean name. Yoon can see in her Korean name the symbols dancing together, reminding her of the life she left behind in Korea. In her English name she sees the letters each standing alone with no connections to each other, symbolizing her current feelings.