Domestic Transformation

Pusan courtyard, PM 2003.17.3045
People doing laundry in creek , PM 2003.17.2874
The jars in this traditional Korean home courtyard will be sold to store kimch'i and condiments.,PM 2003.17.3127
Hillside mud houses, PM 2003.17.2948
Newspaper roofs, PM 2003.17.2952
Refugees living on hill, PM 2003.17.2938
Man with an A-frame pack, PM 2003.17.2973
Women lining up to get water, PM 2003.17.2985

“Five out of every six persons you’ll see on the street will be destitute strangers.”

—Father Craig, Maryknoll priest

As refugees poured into Pusan, some found shelter with friends and relatives. Others formed new communities on the city’s hilly outskirts. With wood increasingly scarce, huts were pieced together from straw matting, discarded boxes, and flattened metal cans. A number of people lived in shallow depressions dug right into the clay hillsides. There was no running water, and the meager rations of food were often cooked on makeshift outdoor stoves. Those in more solid residences often shared precious space with market goods.