A Family Tribute: Honoring A Father’s Dream


Jay Kwon Yang had a dream to travel and explore the world. So he did, but as a life-sized cutout.

After a battle with stomach cancer, Yang died at 52, in 2012, but his daughter wanted to fulfill the dream her father had been unable to accomplish.

For nearly two years, Jinna had struggled to deal with her father’s death.  “What people didn’t see was the toll the combination of life events took on every inch of my body, heart, mind and soul,” she wrote on her blog.

Jinna posing with her father at The Leaning Tower of Pisa (image credit: Grease and Glamour)

Things changed in April 2014 when Jinna quit her job, left New York and bought a one-way ticket to Iceland to begin a one-month adventure.

With a cardboard cutout of her father, she traveled Europe taking photos of the two of them at such well-known sites as the Eiffel Tower and Coliseum.

Jinna wanted to do something for her father’s memory, and bring at least one version of him to see what he couldn’t physically do.

Upon returning to New York, she published the photos on her blog as a way to tell her father’s story, a man who sacrificed his life for his family and friends.

What do you think of this tribute to her father’s memory? Have you embarked in a journey to honor someone in your family?

Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Connie

    July 27, 2014

    This is a beautiful story. Ms. Yang, I stand in awe of you!

  • Linda

    July 29, 2014

    What a wonderful story.