Jay Kwon Yang’s life and early death inspired his daughter to take a most unusual journey.
Jay Kwon Yang had accomplished much in life.
He moved to America, starting his life over from scratch and working a series of low-paying, stressful jobs before earning a full scholarship to West Virginia University. He spent years as a single parent, a small businessman and a certified PGA golf pro. But Yang still had much to see and do when he was diagnosed with stomach cancer.
When he died in 2012 at age 52, his daughter Jinna Yang was inspired to “live every single day like it is my absolute last,” to “travel new roads and befriend new people,” as she wrote on her blog.
So she made a life-sized cardboard cutout of her father, looking dapper in a tuxedo, and carried him to Iceland, France, and points beyond, taking photos along the way.