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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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The Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands

Off the Radar

(p.228) Chapter Nine The Solomon Islands
Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific

Judith A. Bennett

University of Hawai'i Press

In the British Solomon Islands, both the military and the indigenous culture frowned on any intimacy of servicemen with the local women. The exigencies of the battlefield also circumscribed social interactions. In isolated outposts, such as a radar station on west Guadalcanal, men had time and opportunity to meet local women. One particular case study reveals how a serviceman wooed a young woman and left her pregnant. A pragmatic society that could deal with such complications soon saw the woman concerned marry a countryman and raise a big family who not only identify with their Guadalcanal origins but also harbor no feelings of shame or anger. They still seek a link with their U.S. ancestor and/or his family.

Keywords:   illegitimacy, compensation, marriage, clan, bride wealth, Coastwatchers, Guadalcanal, Hawai`i, Filipino, radar station, New Zealanders, Catholic mission

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