Woman abandoned as child returns to China to trace parents

Woman found alone at a railway station aged two and was later adopted and raised in the Netherlands, newspaper reports

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 3:10pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 4:56pm

A woman thought to have been abandoned by her family as a baby who was later adopted by a Dutch couple has returned to China two decades on to learn Chinese and search for her parents, according to a newspaper report. 

The woman has been studying at Guizhou University in Guiyang to search for clues about her parents, the Guizhou Metropolis Daily reported. 

The woman, identified only by her Dutch name Vera and as Wei Fang in Chinese, has limited memories of her family as she was thought to have been abandoned at two, but intends to spend one more year in Guizhou province to search for her relatives after beginning her studies in 2010. 

Vera was found alone and crying at Guiyang railway station by passers-by, the report said. 

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Station staff helped appeal for her family to come forward on the tannoy, but nobody claimed the girl. 

She was later sent to the municipal orphanage where she was named Wei Fang. 

Two years later she was adopted by a Dutch couple who took her to the Netherlands. 

She had a happy childhood, but often cried at night thinking about her adoption, according to the article. 

“Sometimes I even think that the fact of being adopted made me feel humiliated when I was in high school,” she was quoted as saying. “Why are your eyes black and skin yellow, Vera? Are you Chinese?” she was often asked. 

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She said she had no idea why her family abandoned her. “Maybe it was because they were having a very difficult time then,” she said. 

She decided to go to China to look for her biological parents in 2010 and has the full support of her adoptive parents. 

Over the years she has gone to the central authorities in Beijing to check her emigration details, has left samples of her DNA with the police and sought help from a government-led campaign to help search for missing children, but all efforts have proved fruitless. 

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One of the few clues or evidence of her early years is a burn on the back of her right hand.

Her latest effort to trace her parents involved handing out notices to passers-by in busy areas of Guiyang last month with the help of her university classmates. 

“I know there’s too little information and it’s hard to find them, but if I don’t look for them now I will definitely regret it. So whatever the result will be, I must do it,” she was quoted as saying.