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Taiwan boys with troubled past get a new family in US

BY RICH CHANG  /  STAFF REPORTER

A young US couple decided to adopt two Taiwanese boys who saw their father killed by their mother's boyfriend in China five years ago. The two boys are temporarily staying with a Taiwanese family and will go to the US and start their new life there at the end of this year.

"An American family has agreed to adopt the two boys who were unable to find a Taiwanese family to adopt them, and the family will take the two boys to their new home at the end of the year," said Tseng Huan-ching (曾煥卿), director of the Keelung Bureau of Social Welfare.

The two boys are now 10 and 11 years old.

An official said a Keelung fisherman surnamed Huang married a Chinese woman surnamed Lin and they had two boys. In 2000, Lin took her five- and six-year-old boys back to Fujian Province to see her family. At that time, Huang fished in the waters off Fujian, and he went ashore to see his wife and children there.

Huang's wife had an affair with a Chinese man, the official said. The man murdered Huang at the Lin family's home, and Huang's wife assisted him. The Chinese man and Lin were then executed by authorities for the murder, and the two children, who had been witness to the murder, were sent back to Taiwan. Because the two boys' relatives were unable to raise them, Keelung City Government served as their guardian, and arranged for them to live with the Chiu family in Keelung.

The Chiu family said they had raised the two children for five years. The boys were quiet, shy and terrified when they first arrived in Taiwan, but years later, they've become more animated and enjoy family and school life.

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