Interviewee ID: 990056
Parent's name: Choisüren
Ovog: Tsagaan Shilt
Year of Birth: 1958
Occupations: history teacher
Notes on education:
Born in: Tsetseg sum, Hovd 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 081105A with Narantsetseg by Baasanhüü
J. Narantsetseg was born in the place known as Shivertiin gol Tsetseg sum in Hovd. Her parents died when she was a little child, and at the age of five she was adopted and moved to Chandmani sum in Hovd and spent her childhood there. She compared the development of Chandmani sum with herself and said that the sum developed as she grew bigger. Her parents both graduated from the Agricultural Institute and they had been young cadres. Her father was a party cadre and her mother was a physician. When she was in the second grade, her father was appointed the party darga of Duut sum and they moved there. At that time her mother’s uncle Nyamaa was an old man with Buddhist beliefs and he used to live with them. He thought, ‘a party darga and Buddhist belief do not fit each other’ and he took all his Buddhas to his younger brother who lived in Ulaanbaatar. Narantsetseg called Nyamaa ‘granddad’ and she said he had a large influence in her becoming a Buddhist. In connection with the fact that her father was a party darga they moved from Duut sum to the centre of Hovd aimag and then they moved to Zaamar sum of Tö aimag. Zaamar sum was built by the Russians and there were many Russian specialists there, so it was a beginning of a new life for her. She had Russian friends and she learned the Russian language. She recalled that the Pioneer organization of that time educated and developed the children in the right way. After completing the eighth grade she went to Ulaanbaatar and completed the ninth and the tenth grades at the 28th school. She aimed to study at the philosophy faculty of the Mongolian National University after completing the secondary school, but that year there were no appointments to study at the philosophy faculty so she took exams to enter the faculty of history, which she passed. She entered the history faculty of the Mongolian National University in 1979. After graduation she went to the Oktyabri state farm to teach but she didn’t settle there and she moved to Ulaanbaatar and went to work to her 28th school which she had graduated from and she is still working there.
Summary of Interview 081105B with Narantsetseg by Baasanhüü
Through the influence of her grandfather, Narantsetseg became a Buddhist and she hid her faith during the socialist period and so she didn’t face such problems as conflict with society and being reppressed. She said, “Some dargas of the socialist period had a piety inside. After getting married I lived in Zuragt. Close to us there used to live a very prophetic man called Chimgee ah. The moment it became dark vehicles with red numbers, the Central Committee people, used to visit him and ask things and were taught the correct path and they left.” One thing that she loathed the most in socialist society was the prohibition of the celebration of the national holiday tsagaan sar. In socialist times tsagaan sar was made into the ‘herders’ holiday’ and it was allowed to celebrate it only in the countryside. She was raised in the countryside and her most favorite holiday was tsagaan sar. Later, when she worked, just when they wanted to celebrate her old mother’s tsagaan sar, at the eve of tsagaan sar a meeting was announced at work. On the first day of tsagaan sar the officials at work registered the workers and in such a way they used to be persecuted. Also, in the socialist time the consumer goods were rare, therefore everything was concealed and there was speculation.
She also said that both the schoolchildren and the teachers of the socialist society had few opportunities to develop freely and enhance their capacities. For instance, the teachers, whether they had new initiatives to improve their work or not, whether they worked well or poorly all got the same salary. But today there are such changes like teachers do not have any kind of ideological suppression, there is the possibility to develop oneself and salary is according to ability.