Taiwanese-American seeks, finds father's grave

Taiwanese-American seeks, finds father's grave

Many Taiwanese-Americans come to Taiwan seeking their roots, and for Karan, 48, the goal was specifically to find a grave.

Karan, who asked not to be identified by her last name, emigrated from her birthplace of Taiwan when she was 3 years old, after her father passed away.

She and her mother immigrated to the US, where she now resides with a son of her own, reported the Chinese-language news outlet NewTalk.

Earlier this year, Karan and her son flew to Taiwan to locate her father's grave. The only clue she had was a piece of paper with her father's name and date of death.

Karan signed up for a walking and biking tour of Taipei offered by MyTaiwanTour, hoping to find the grave along the way.

With their guide's help, she and her son visited Yangmingshan First Cemetery in Beitou District.

A cemetery manager combed through the computer database and came up empty, but the tour guide found another staffer, one who had been working at the site for over 40 years.

This staff member pulled out yellowed burial records with names written by brush. He found the corresponding record and told them that Karan's father was buried in the cemetery.

The group searched on the mountaintop for an hour before they were rewarded with a broken stone slab covered with weeds, on which they could barely make out her father's name.

Via video messaging, Karan confirmed with her mother in the US that the marker belonged to her father, said MyTaiwanTour CEO Wu Chao-hui.

Forty-five years after her father's death, three generations of the family made contact for the first time, Wu said, adding that the caretaker arranged for the broken tombstone to be repaired within the week.

After completing their mission, Karan and her son enjoyed the remainder of their stay in Taipei.

Karan and her son went shrimp fishing, Wu said. According to Karan's son, shrimp fishing is among Jeremy Lin's favourite Taiwan pasttimes, and is at the top of his own wish-list of things to do in Taiwan.

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