Do you remember the bus girl asked George May to Sunhi Hawkwhen we had coffee last 17th May 2018 at Coex Seoul.
Sunhi had not been back to Korea since she left for her College studies and never treturned again (70’s)
George took this photo while he lived in Korea.
The bus girls were mostly from the countryside and that was part of their job, along with taking money and pushing passengers onto the bus. They slept in dorms provided by the bus company and were fed by them as well. Very low paying jobs
Note from Mr Nam Sang So
In early 1970s my wife had a household helper, a teenage girl named Hyonae 현애.
She was well built, strong and worked very hard in the kitchen and house cleaning. Ham and I were careful not to make any trouble with her.
She wanted to become a bus-girl who collected bus fares from the passengers. And she has to push in the last passengers hanging out side the bus door. The bus driver can only start move his bus when the girl shouts “all right!”
She finally quit us and I believe she didn’t have any trouble in becoming a pushing girl at any bus company in Seoul.
The photo was taken at the History Museum today. It reminded me of Hyonae girl. (The girl with a cap on in the photo is the bus girl)
Hyonae must be over 60 years old now if she lives.