Interviewee ID: 990055
Parent's name: Mendget
Year of Birth: 1944
Occupations: Freelance journalist
Notes on education:
Born in: [None Given] sum, Ulaanbaatar aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: passed away
Father's profession: passed away
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Summary of Interview 081104A with Buyandelger by Baasanhüü
Mengetiin Buyandelger was born in 1944 in Ulaanbaatar city. She is a native citizen. Her father was Chinese and came to Mongolia at the age of 16 and settled there. He worked as a carpenter at Gandan monastery all his life. Her mother’s name was Nadmid. She recollected: “My parents labored day and night for the good of the family and the children. They paid a lot of attention to the children’s education. For instance, when M. Buyandelger was still a child, her parents regularly gave her money every month to buy literary books. In order for her younger brother Bold to attend a Russian kindergarten and teach him Russian language, her mother changed her job and went to work at the ‘fifth Russian kindergarten’. She studied at the fifth school between 1951-1961 and graduated from there. Since her childhood she was interested in literature and read a lot of books and she wrote poems. When she was still a third grade schoolgirl, she decided to become a ‘newspaper correspondent’. She took active part public work (niigmiin ajil) such as issuing a wall newspaper and she headed the class and the group council. Some of her poems were published in the Pioneer newspaper. She graduated the tenth grade and got an appointment to study in the Soviet Union as a journalist. She entered Leningrad University and graduated from it in 1967. While she studied, the preparatory work to establish television in Mongolia was done and after graduating from the University she became the first worker of the first Mongolian television the ‘Mongolian National Television’. She was first one to be appointed to work at different locations (oron nutagt).
Summary of Interview 081104B with Buyandelger by Baasanhüü
M. Buyandelger worked in journalism, especially in Television, all her life. She worked in Television beginning as a ’commentator correspondent’ then as a senior editor and the department darga. “At that time the television information was audited by a step-by-step process. From the one side it indicated the high social responsibility that time. From the other side, we had to present the information to the public according to the party ideology”. Once, Buyandelger prepared a piece from the home of a famous poet, the author of many wonderful works B. Yavuuhulan, intending to present his wife Adiya to the audience and show what kind of a person she was. Yavuuhulan guai’s place was full of books and she reported, “Yavuuhulan guai’s place has many books and sutras…” and the word ‘sutra’ was considered a word of a corrupt society and that part of the report was cut out.
For some time she had worked at the MONTSAME agency in the photo department for they had promised her the possibility of buying an apartment. Though it was a very high price for an apartment, not everyone had an opportunity to buy a private apartment. She said she bought the apartment for 40000-50000 tögrögs.
Since 1960s the Chinese and Mongolian relations had become sensitive and she faced many problematic issues like discrimination against people with different origin and she was prohibited from entering the government palace to do her work. She also said that while working at MONTSAME she had been fired for a certain time because of this issue. The movement of changes that had appeared in the society since the 1990s had been reflected in journalism and the Mongolian Union of Free Journalists was established. Buyandelger joined it and took an active part in its activities and in connection with it, she had been criticized at a meeting and she had been persecuted at some level. Buyandelger recalled, “The Mongolian Union of Free Journalists didn’t have its own building initially and we used to gather in the garden outside and we organized our first meeting there and handed out the certificates to its members.” Though she is a supporter of democracy, she emphasized that there’s you shouldn’t neglect the significance of the socialist society that had changed the life of the nomadic Mongolians.