Bastobe Hill

Far from Distant Shores: Identity Limbo in the Korean Diaspora

Bastobe Hill

Ushtobe, Kazakhstan, September 2014

Bastobe Hill was one of the first Korean settlements in Kazakhstan. After their arrival here in 1937, the deported Koreans spent two harsh winters in holes dug in the ground for shelter, as they did not receive the building materials, help, or compensation they had been promised by the Soviet state. As a consequence, many died of hunger, illness, and cold.