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StoryCorps: A friendship lost and found, 40 years later

Joe Chan and Pak Yan



Nearly 40 years ago, two best friends said goodbye to each other by holding on to different ends of a paper streamer.



Joe Chan was on a boat and his best friend Pak Yan was standing on the dock. As the distance between them grew, the streamer slowly unraveled until it eventually broke, and they were no longer in each other's sight. Joe and Pak didn't know if they would ever see each other again, until they did.

I found 108 Joe Chans in America from the east coast to the west coast and all in between... I was overwhelmed when you called me back