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Finnish adoptee visits Taiwan again to look for biological parents

Finnish adoptee visits Taiwan again to look for biological parents

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) Sabina Soderlund, a Taiwanese-born naturalized citizen of Finland, has come to Taiwan again in the hope of finding her biological parents. At a news conference held Thursday at the Legislative Yuan and accompanied by ruling Kuomintang Legislator Wang Yu-Min, the 35-year-old showed several photos from her babyhood, as well as her Republic of China passport. Soderlund said she is making the attempt for one last time and that if she has the chance to see her biological parents, it will settle many questions and feelings she has. She said she often cries when she thinks about why her mother decided to put her up for adoption, but said she does not blame her biological family. Soderlund said it is not healthy to harbor anger and that she wants to move on with her life. The woman said she is planning to stay in Taiwan for 10 days and urged anyone with information about her biological family to contact her. Soderlund is believed to have been among more than 100 babies sent overseas in the 1980s by a child trafficking ring that used forged documents to arrange adoptions. She has visited Taiwan three times since 2006 in search of her roots. Her attempts were unsuccessful during the previous two occasions, mainly because the names and address listed on the papers she had were forged. The so-called birth parents named on her documents turned out not to be her birth parents at all. Soderlund arrived in Finland May 12, 1980 together with her adoptive sister, Belinda, who came from another family in Taiwan. Soderlund's name as listed on her ROC passport is Fan Man-lun. (By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-21 02:15 GMT+08:00