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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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Tonga in the Time of the Americans

Tonga in the Time of the Americans

(p.165) Chapter Six Tonga in the Time of the Americans
Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific

Judith A. Bennett

University of Hawai'i Press

The Americans regarded Tonga as “Fat Cat Island Number One” where they were made very welcome. In turn, by various means, they poured out U.S. largesse upon the Tongans. Several people at the time, including at least one woman of the elite, broke either Tongan or U.S. mores in terms of intimate relationships, often bringing long-term shame to themselves and family. The focus here is on a U.S. family still seeking a child that their relative left behind and on part-Tongan women who became involved with U.S. men. One left a child of two parents already married to others but who was adopted by his American father. His story was almost lost to him until he was an adult when recently he was re-united with his aged mother and several half siblings.

Keywords:   marriage, ‘mixed-race,’ adoption, shame, silence, divorce, consul, citizenship, prostitution

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