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Adoptee's birth mother awaits reunion

TAIPEI -- The Taiwanese birth mother of a Finnish adoptee said Monday that she is glad that her separated son still misses her and she would like to see him in person very much.

Ho Liu Shu-chen recognized Conny Wiik as her fourth son at the first sight of his photo.

Wiik, now a father of four and owner of a fox farm in the western coast town of Nykarleby in Finland, was born in Taiwan in 1980 and given the name Ho Liu Ming-feng before being adopted as a baby by a Finnish family.

His birth certificate identifies his birth mother as "Ho Liu Shu-chen," but lists his father as "unknown."

Asked by reporters showing a photo of Wiik if the person was her son, Ho Liu Shu chen replied without any hesitation: "He is my fourth son, definitely, I recognize him at the first sight."

Wiik, her last son, was born in a hospital in the northern county of Hsinchu, she added.

The failure of her husband's business at that time left them no other choice but to send out the fourth son, said Ho Liu, now living in an old apartment in Guishan Township in the northern county of Taoyuan.

"We never knew that he was sent out to a place that far away and it's been 33 years since then," she said.

She makes a living by selling roasted sausages, and there are piles of recycled objects in her home.

After six years of searching from his home in Finland, Conny Wiik found his birth mother in Taiwan just days ahead of Mother's Day.

"My whole life is taking another turn," said Wiik, when reacting to the news. "I am so glad and excited," he told CNA from Nykarleby, a town with a population of some 7,500 residents on Finland's western coast.

He may head to Taiwan to meet his mother in person as early as this autumn, Wiik added.

Wiik's adoption papers are all legitimate, but that is not the case for all the about 60 Taiwanese children illegally sold for profit and trafficked abroad in the early 1980s to Australia, Finland, Sweden and the United States.

The trafficking ring was busted in 1982, but many of the children, now adults, have only recently begun to look for their birth parents.

The news came right before Mother's Day, Ho Liu said that she was very glad and excited. "Both I and my husband really miss him and love him and really want to see him in person," she added.

After more than 30 years, she just would like to tell her son "I really love you and would like to meet you," Ho Liu said.

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