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January 22, 2008 3:45 PM   Subscribe

Vietnamese maid finds Taiwanese employer is her long-lost dad
posted by Artw (23 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
you really just couldn't make this shit up could you. i mean we had the twins that got married the other week.

i am 100% sold there are other powers at work on us behind the scenes, whether they be instint or ethereal..
posted by Frasermoo at 3:48 PM on January 22, 2008


i am 100% sold there are other powers at work on us behind the scenes

Soap opera script writers? Scary.

/awaits unexpected arrival of long-lost identical twin
posted by afx237vi at 3:51 PM on January 22, 2008


Soap opera script writers? Scary.

Well, as the old man himself is quoted in the article:

"Life's ups and downs are just like television drama"
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:02 PM on January 22, 2008


Well... er... I hope he was nice to her when she worked for him. Heh.
posted by katillathehun at 4:04 PM on January 22, 2008


Also on this site I see:

China crackdown on work accidents
Heath Ledger is found dead in US
China couple sue metro over kiss
posted by mattoxic at 4:11 PM on January 22, 2008


i am 100% sold there are other powers at work on us behind the scenes, whether they be instint or ethereal..
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Heath Ledger is found dead in US


All part of god's plan!

*rolls eyes*
posted by delmoi at 4:29 PM on January 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


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Michael Lewis gets a vasectomy?
posted by Artw at 4:35 PM on January 22, 2008


Crazy, crazy life. Amazing story.
posted by cmgonzalez at 4:35 PM on January 22, 2008


"Life's ups and downs are just like television drama"

Whoa.

"Golden Bride" is a Korean soap opera that has been running since last summer and expected to air its last episode in early February. The plot? A young Vietnamese woman goes to Korea as a mail-order bride so she can look for the Korean man who fathered her. She does find him, but of course being a soap opera viewers have not yet been shown a happy resolution.
posted by needled at 4:45 PM on January 22, 2008


i am 100% sold there are other powers at work on us behind the scenes, whether they be instint or ethereal..
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Heath Ledger is found dead in US


All part of god's plan!


Oh shit, jerry Falwell was right about Brokeback Mountain!
posted by Pope Guilty at 5:03 PM on January 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


That's a really sweet story.

I bet the Law&Order version of it won't be nearly as charming.
posted by jacquilynne at 5:21 PM on January 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


*rolls eyes*

wow. rudeness is the norm here now.
posted by Frasermoo at 5:26 PM on January 22, 2008 [1 favorite]


Sweet story! The father gained a daughter after losing his wife.

I can't help but wonder what kind of boss he was, though. What a rare thing to get to experience your parent in a purely business relationship.
posted by Mr Bunnsy at 6:04 PM on January 22, 2008


Weird that she had the police act as intermediary. Suggests it wasn't the best of employer-employee relationships.
posted by dhartung at 6:09 PM on January 22, 2008


Well, maybe he had moved in the interim, and she didn't know how to find him. I have no idea if Tsai Han-chao is a common name in that city, but if my former employer was "Mike Sullivan" and he may have moved, I'd go to the cops before dialing every Mike Sullivan in the whitepages, asking if they had my ring and a picture. (just nitpicking.)

That was a heartwarming article. I wish the news could be more about stuff like this.
posted by not_on_display at 7:12 PM on January 22, 2008


i am 100% sold there are other powers at work on us behind the scenes, whether they be instint or ethereal..

"We notice the one extraordinary event, the occasional collision, but not the hundreds of thousands of near-misses."
posted by D.C. at 7:13 PM on January 22, 2008


she mistakenly left some keepsakes at his home, which he had given to her mother more than 40 years before

This is an amazing story.

And it wasn't like he lost a daughter he knew about. Tsai Han-chao, 77, said he could not help crying when he found out he had a daughter he never knew about.

wow.

And she'd been looking for her dad but had almost nothing to go by: Ms Tran had travelled to Taiwan a few years earlier to search for her father. Her only clues were a gold ring and a photograph of him as a young man. I wonder if she were drawn to the employer because of any resemblance to the old photograph. But then she worked for him to care for his ailing wife and when his wife died, she went to work elsewhere.

Wonder if they fought while she worked for him, if there were an unconscious need to argue? It does seem odd she asked the police to contact him about the 2 treasured things she left in his house, her only keepsakes of her long dead mother, her only clues to her father and also an unconscious act perhaps that she left them there.

The daughter's mother had died when the daughter was a kid and she thought her mother was her grandmother until she was 21. What a shock that must have been to be told on her wedding day. What a story!

And she worked for this employer after he had also just lost his wife. Both of them having faced so many losses, to then find each other. wow.

Loved that Artw, thanks.
posted by nickyskye at 8:25 PM on January 22, 2008


you really just couldn't make this shit up could you. i mean we had the twins that got married the other week.

i am 100% sold there are other powers at work on us behind the scenes, whether they be instint or ethereal..


The twins who got married ended up being a fake.
posted by arcticwoman at 9:36 PM on January 22, 2008


I sure hope her biological father treated her well during her employment with him.
posted by gyc at 10:44 AM on January 23, 2008


Yeah, that's what I was really wondering about too-- you'd think they'd have said something about it in the article.

I mean, it's a touching story if he treated her "like a daughter"-- but if he was horrid to her, it takes on a whole different dimension.

Sounds like it was probably neutral-- otherwise you do think it would have been mentioned.
posted by Maias at 11:32 AM on January 23, 2008


Unbelievable and amazing! What a great post, thank you.
posted by Auden at 12:39 PM on January 23, 2008


The daughter's mother had died when the daughter was a kid and she thought her mother was her grandmother until she was 21.
Actually the article says she was brought up by her aunt, not her grandmother.
posted by peacheater at 1:31 PM on January 23, 2008


More details about how a police officer came to be involved here. The article also has pictures of the ring and the old photograph the Vietnamese woman carried with her to find her father.
posted by needled at 2:50 PM on January 23, 2008


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