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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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“There Are No Commoners in Samoa”

“There Are No Commoners in Samoa”

(p.42) Chapter Two “There Are No Commoners in Samoa”
Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific

Saui‘a Louise Mataia-Milo

University of Hawai'i Press

Wartime intimate relationships between Samoan women and the American marines, and the consequences of such relationships are tapu subjects, spoken only in private. This chapter is about the effects on the Samoan war children who were the innocent victims of such relationships and their journeys to make sense of their lives. It addresses the emotional legacies of shame and the stigmatization of these children of war in a Samoa that still finds it painful to acknowledge the implications of this episode in its history. It is a narrative of interesting mixed experiences, and reveals how the nurturing aiga, a constant pillar helped all of them ease the pain of loneliness.

Keywords:   stigmatization, aiga, history, shame, Samoa, tapu, war, American marines, emotion, legacy

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