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U.S. woman reunites with Taiwanese family after nearly 50 years

2012/04/22 15:54:00

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) A Taiwan-born woman sent away to the United States for adoption reunited with her family in Taiwan Saturday after a separation of nearly five decades .

Taylor Kidd, also known as Wang Yi-wen, arrived at Taoyuan on a China Airlines flight later in the day before heading to Jhongli City, to reunite with her mother and brother.

"I can't believe I'm home," Kidd said, with tears streaming down her cheeks while hugging her mother.

She thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and airline officialsfor assisting with locating her family members.

Kidd, who does not speak Chinese and had her hair dyed blond, does not even look Taiwanese at first glance .

However, the 50-year-old has remained connected to the island through stories told to her by her adoptive family and an expired passport issued 49 years ago.

During her childhood in Honolulu, Kidd was told that her parents fled China's Shaanxi Province to Taiwan during the civil war in China.

Shortly after her birth, Kidd's family decided to put her up for adoption due to financial difficulties.

With the assistance of the Parents Planning Association, the 10-month-old baby girl was adopted by a family in the U.S. in 1963.

Although the association forbids biological parents from looking for their children, Kidd's adoptive parents always told her that she came from Taiwan, and she never stopped believing that one day she could find her family members in Taiwan.

She even made her son study Chinese, so he would not forget his roots.

Her efforts to look for her family members went without success until her son's Chinese teacher, who hails from Taiwan, suggested that she turn to Taiwan's representative office in Honolulu for assistance.

After receiving the request in the latter half of 2011, the office asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government agencies to help.

After months of searching, good news came last week when police in Xindian, New Taipei reported that they had found Kidd's elder brother Wang Pin.

Wang confirmed that his little sister was sent away to the U.S. when he was 12, and when he was shown a picture of her, he said immediately that "she looks exactly like my father."

Since then, Kidd has talked over the phone to her brother, with the help of her Chinese-speaking son.

(By Wang Shu-fen, Chiu Chun-chin, Lilian Wu and Scully Hsiao)