Around the world with dad's cutout

Around the world with dad's cutout

Her father wanted to travel the world, but did not have the means to do so.

He immigrated to the United States from China at the age of 17, but never really lived the American dream.

For more than 20 years, he worked at a dry cleaners, 12 hours a day, six days a week, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

He was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 51 and died a year later.

So his daughter, Miss Jinna Yang, decided to pay tribute to him by making a life-sized cardboard cutout of him the star of her holiday photos.

Ms Yang, a New York-based photographer, was devastated when her father died two years ago.

She wrote on her blog Grease & Glamour: "He's 52. He's never been to Europe or Africa. California. Florida. He never got to chase his dream of touring the world as a pro golfer."


But she seemed to have it all - a great job, a luxury apartment, a solid long-term relationship with a man she met five years ago, an overflowing closet with more shoes than she could count, and enough disposable income to eat out in New York City at least five nights per week.

She wrote: "I had climbed my way up the corporate world, making more money at 25 than most people my age or older than me." She said she never truly dealt with her father's death and, coupled with the pressure of a stressful work environment, there was almost "complete loss of hope in my future".

So one day, she woke up and decided to take back control of her life. She blogged that she bought a one-way ticket to Iceland, had sold most of her clothes and had quit her job.

She said: "I left everything in New York City to travel the world for the first time with a life-size cutout of my dad.

"To share his story, and to help bring peace to my stepmother, my 22-year-old brother, my nine-year-old sister and myself, I took him with me all over Europe to be photographed together in front of some of the world's most iconic destinations.

"And even though he is not here in the flesh, I knew he was with us in spirit."

This article was first published on June 19, 2014.
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