National Geographic : 1947 Jun
836 The National Geographic Magazine from a few subsurface wells, whose waters were pumped into a concrete pipe with taps at intervals. The only way to step up the pressure in this system would be to rebuild it. The pumps are power ful enough to supply only a trickle, and even if they were stronger the added pressure would burst the pipes. The American wants 25 gallons of water a day to the Jap's one! Hence we have to augment all existing water systems to meet our needs. All drinking water has to be treated for our use to prevent water-borne diseases. Hot water is scarce. In most hotels in the United States you can turn on the hot-water faucet in any room at any time and instantly get hot water. Not so in Korea. We have to install our own water heaters. Then, too, we arrive with electric toasters, razors, and numerous other electric gadgets. There isn't sufficient power to supply current for all of them. These are unpleasant discoveries for the average American soldier. At home he is used to all the heat, water, and power he needs-and more! Girls Punished for Dating Americans Even more puzzling is the youngster's realization that he cannot have dates with any of the cute, demure little Ko rean maidens he sees on the streets. These girls are exceptionally attractive and extremely modest, conversing with downcast eyes and unassuming de meanor. They are willing to make ac quaintances among American boys, for the GIs accord them a welcome respect and esteem, but the ancient Korean code permits no such thing. Many Korean girls never see their husbands until their wedding day. Be fore marriage those of the better classes are sequestered and held from contact with the outside world (page 832). After marriage they travel in family groups or with women companions. When American boys pay attention to them they are flattered and pleased, and the ever-present American candy bar, of course, adds to their interest. But a Korean girl does not dare to be seen in the company of an American sol Robert lnemmig dier. If she so much as walks a few blocks Strong, Well-placed Hands Make Burdens Light down the street with one, she probably will be fearfully beaten by members of Wherever mother goes, baby goes, too. This country woman carries a basket of cotton along a rocky path from her family. She is not even permitted a field near Pusan (Fusan), Korean port city. to have dates with her own countrymen.