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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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“I Don’t Like Maori Girls Going Out with Yanks”

“I Don’t Like Maori Girls Going Out with Yanks”

Māori-American Encounters in New Zealand

(p.202) Chapter Eight “I Don’t Like Maori Girls Going Out with Yanks”
Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific

Angela Wanhalla

Kate Stevens

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the range of intimate relationships formed between Maori women and American servicemen in New Zealand where a total of 100,000 U.S. troops were stationed between 1942 and 1944. Attitudes to these relationships are traced, including views of the American military command, government officials, the churches, as well as Maori leaders and Maori families. Despite the legal barriers imposed by the military command, a number of Maori women were able to marry their servicemen sweethearts. This chapter looks at how that was possible and the fate of these couples. The chapter then examines the lives of the children fathered by U.S. servicemen. While most were retained within the family, a small number were legally adopted, but in all cases the children desire to know something of their American father.

Keywords:   Maori, New Zealand, intimacy, marriage, divorce, social attitudes, race, adoption, identity, family

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