Fijian Children of American Servicemen
Personal narratives here discuss children born to American servicemen in Fiji, often called Kai Merika. Their mothers were indigenous Fijian (i-Taukei) or of mixed ethnic descent (Kailoma). We explore culturally embedded silences, family secrets and other social and structural factors surrounding the ambivalent acceptance of these children. The chapter also sheds light on women’s roles and experiences during World War II and the efforts by their children to trace their fathers. The legacy of being Kai Merika has implications for identity within contemporary Fiji.
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