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All I want for Christmas is a family reunion

December 22, 2013 - 1:07am

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In the past, it wasn't unheard of for families to give away their children. Especially when they were facing hardship.

Madam Lee Su Hui knew she was adopted when she was about seven or eight years old.

She tried to find her biological mother, but when she finally found her mother's home last week, it was too late.
Her mother had died three years ago.

Still, the 48-year-old housewife hopes to find her brother, whom neighbours said helped manage their late mother's wake.

Madam Thanapakiam and Madam Goh Kim Noi are of Chinese descent but were adopted by Indian families.

The former was given away because her father believed that their stars crossed and she would bring bad luck.

Already a grandmother of seven, Madam Thanapakiam, 68, knows her birth mother may not be alive now but she still bears hope.

Madam Goh, 49, managed to meet her birth mother two years ago after a lead helped connect her to her biological sister.

Mr Lee Thiam Heng, who is in his seventies, is still looking for his youngest sister who was given away when she was just one week old.

Originally named Lee Choo Hoon, Mr Lee found out that her name was changed to either Loo Su Yun or Loo Siew Yun.

His sister, the youngest of 16, should be about 60 years old now. Mr Lee's two-year search has only grown more determined.

He said: "I am getting old and so are my siblings. Those of us who are still around really hope to gather the whole family together."

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