On the Atolls
On the Atolls
Of all the tropical South Pacific’s islands, atolls are the least well endowed with natural resources on land. Dominated always by the sea, these people looked to the horizon for new opportunities. The war brought these as well as loss, not only from Japanese attacks but from young men who left women and children longing for more promising futures. Most of the women involved had had previous relationships. Though some later made successful marriages, not all did, and some who did, sacrificed the welfare of the child when a foster father resented a living reminder of the Americans. Some part U.S. children experienced some teasing as children, alerting them to their difference. Some were fostered in a customary way by family or more rarely, adopted out of the family. In spite of great efforts over the years, no one has found their U.S. connection but seek this still.
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