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Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific – The Children of Indigenous Women and U.S. Servicemen, World War II - Hawaii Scholarship Online
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Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific: The Children of Indigenous Women and U.S. Servicemen, World War II

Judith A. Bennett and Angela Wanhalla


Like a human tsunami, World War II brought two million American servicemen to the South Pacific where they left a human legacy of some thousands of children. Mothers’ Darlings traces the intimate relationships that existed in the wartime South Pacific between U.S. servicemen and Indigenous women, and considers the fate of the resulting children. The American military command carefully managed intimate relationships in the Pacific Theater, applying U.S. immigration law based on race on Pacific peoples of color in order to prevent marriage “across the color line.” For Indigenous women and their ... More

Keywords: G.I. babies, World War Two, Pacific theater, race, family, intimacy, immigration, identity, adoption, marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824851521
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824851521.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith A. Bennett, editor
University of Otago

Angela Wanhalla, editor

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Judith A. Bennett and Angela Wanhalla

Chapter One Bora Bora

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Chapter Four No Bali Ha‘i

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Chapter Seven Kai Merika!

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Chapter Ten Marike Koe

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Chapter Eleven On the Atolls

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Angela Wanhalla, Judith A. Bennett, and Rosemary Anderson