US woman united with relatives in Taiwan
U.S. woman united with relatives in Taiwan2018/07/26 13:55:23
Donna Barber (central) meets her Taiwanese relatives
Taipei, July 26 (CNA) A woman from Texas met Wednesday with her Taiwanese relatives for the first time, culmination of a cross-continental search based on several old letters dating back more than 50 years.
The search for Donna Barber's Taiwanese relatives started July 4, when Barber contacted police in Su'ao, Yilan County via Facebook in hope of seeking the family of her mother, who was from Taiwan and passed away about two years ago.
Barber's mother married a U.S. citizen in 1961 and went to live there. She was unable to reach her family in Taiwan often due to the inconvenient communication technology of the time.
All Barber had were four letters written in Chinese in the late 1960s and the old address of the family on her mother's side, according to a post on her Facebook page.
The local police tried to visit her mother's family through the address, but it turned out they had moved away.
Through information collected from the childhood memories of a local police officer and old neighbors of Barber's mother, police finally found Barber's aunt, who still lives in Su'ao with her family.
Barber and her aunt hugged each other in tears when they met Wednesday. The 57-year-old said her aunt looked very much like her mother.
Barber expressed hope that she can bring some of her mother's remains back to Su'ao in the future.
(By Wang Chao-yu and Hsu Hsiao-ling)