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Grieving Daughter Takes Life-Size Cardboard Cutout of Deceased Father Around the World

A moving tribute to a man who always wanted to travel the globe

A Virginia dad died from stomach cancer at 52 before fulfilling his lifelong dream of traveling the world. Now, CNN reports his daughter, New York-based artist Jinna Yang, 25, made it come true by going around Europe in April with a life-size cutout of her dad Jay Kwon Yang, taking photos of it in front of landmarks.

“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,” Yang told CNN. Plus, the six-foot-tall cardboard figure folded up, so in terms of transportation, she joked, “I didn’t have to pay for an extra seat for dad!”

Me and dad at the Leaning Tower of #Pisa, #Italy | #formyfather (Photo 5/11)

A photo posted by JINNA YANG (@greaseandglamour) on

Me and my dad in front of #skogafoss, #Iceland | #formyfather (Photo 6/11; cc @tineey)

A photo posted by JINNA YANG (@greaseandglamour) on

Me and my dad outside the Eiffel Tower in #Paris | #formyfather (Photo 1/11, cc: @tineey)

A photo posted by JINNA YANG (@greaseandglamour) on

 

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