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Mothers' Darlings of the South PacificThe Children of Indigenous Women and U.S. Servicemen, World War II$
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Judith A. Bennett and Angela Wanhalla

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824851521

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824851521.001.0001

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Bora Bora

Bora Bora

“Like a Dream”

(p.31) Chapter One Bora Bora
Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific

Judith A. Bennett

University of Hawai'i Press

Many Americans, though imbued with racist attitudes, became temporarily attached to young women on this beautiful island. Welcoming of strangers, the Bora Bora people reaped significant material benefits from the U.S. occupation. The war years for them were abundant times when they depended on American generosity. Such dependence, however, had its drawbacks when the fathers of children left, leaving regrets and, in terms of nutrition, vulnerable infants. Though Americans fathered about 130 children, only one returned after the war to his partner and child.

Keywords:   Bora Bora, racism, food, infant mortality, French, fathers

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