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Liaisons and Legacies


Harman, KE, Liaisons and Legacies, Landfall, 233, (70th Anniversary) pp. 165-168. ISSN 0023-7930 (2017) [Review Single Work]

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The poignant cover image of Mothers' Darlings of the South Pacific depicts a young indigenous woman seated between two uniformed servicemen from the United States. Their likenesses have been captured against a backdrop that implies a South Pacific setting. The young woman's expression shows some trepidation as she holds an infant whose biological makeup is clearly drawn from both cultures. The baby gazes towards one of the American sailors, both of whom are smiling broadly. In this case, the setting is Tongatapu in September 1942 when the USS Enterprise and some destroyers visited the island. Yet this historical image symbolises innumerable encounters between indigenous women and American service personnel throughout the war in the Pacific, liaisons that often resulted in women literally being left 'holding the baby', and many of these children later searching at length for their American fathers.

Item Details

Item Type:Review Single Work
Keywords:review, indigenous, World War II, South Pacific
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:New Zealand history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Harman, KE (Associate Professor Kristyn Harman)
ID Code:118585
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-07-14
Last Modified:2017-07-14

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