Some people write a poem, seek therapy, or turn to darker solutions when they lose a loved one. But not Jinna Yang. This grieving daughter embarked on a mission to help come to terms with the loss of her father, who died from stomach cancer at the age of 52, by taking a 6-foot cardboard cut-out of the man himself all over Europe to show him the sites he’d once hoped to see.
Jinna and her “father” in Iceland
Jay Kwon Yang, an environmental engineer and business owner, had raised Jinna, 25, and her siblings almost single-handedly after his divorce, CNN reports. This meant he gave up his dreams of traveling as well as the chance to pursue his career as a pro-PGA golfer so that he could be there for his children.
For Jinna, the month of April was dedicated to carting the life-sized replica around Europe. She traveled to famous sites in Paris, Italy and Iceland and posed for pictures at landmark locations with her father close by her side.
Not Forgetting the Louvre
She got the cut-out from her friend’s father, an industry designer, who created it so that it could be easily folded and transportable.
When in Rome..
The trip intrigued onlookers who wondered if the cut-out was someone famous, “Most of the time when you see a life-sized cutout, it’s of Justin Bieber or One Direction, and it’s usually in a nine-year-old’s room”, Jinna was quoted as saying in the CNN report. “Lots of people stopped to take photos as well”, she added.
The pair in Florence, Italia
On her blog, Jinna writes of her father: “His charm, sense of humor and willingness to teach – all qualities I love about him so dearly. Those, along with his business acumen, entrepreneurial spirit and his selflessness”.
You can read the tribute she has written about him in full on her blog.
And it ends on a rather YOLO note:
So go tell that girl you can’t live without her. Tell your mom that she’s still hot. Take that trip to Hawaii. Quit your ridiculous, miserable cubicle job and start that business you’ve dreamed of starting. Go home to your wife and kids. Wake up and smell the coffee. Life is too. fucking. short.
Amen to that.
By Sophie Regan