Interviewee ID: 990119
Parent's name: Anonymous
Year of Birth: 1963
Occupations: private business
Education: incomplete secondary
Notes on education: graduated 8th grade
Born in: Dalangadzad sum, Ömnögovi aimag
Lives in: Dalangadzad sum (or part of UB), Ömnögovi aimag
Mother's profession: baker
Father's profession: doctor
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Summary of Interview 090209A with Anonymous by Khishigsüren
Anonymous started doing archery late in life, although she has met the requirements to become a sports master. She achieved success many times in the national naadam festival. Her personal life history is the history of the training of the working class in 1970-1980s. Through her personal history you can read about it.
She was born in 1963 in Dalanzadgad and her childhood was spent in Bayandalai sum. In her childhood she used to visit her grandparents during the summer vacation and assisted them. Her parents divorced when she was in the secondary school and she stayed with her mother. Her mother was always busy with her work, and she thinks about how her mother used to do all the household work. She was raised bearing all the family burden on herself. She was a very independent child. Having completed secondary school, she studied in a vocational school in the Russian Federation. She spoke of the funny, memorable and instructive history of her working years in Marshak city. The common and widespread image of the schoolchildren studying in the foreign vocational school of that time is shown in this interview. Anonymous came to Ulaanbaatar after completing vocational school and she worked at the factory. She spoke of the ways of development of the light industry in Mongolia, how they provided the working conditions, giving clear examples. She made a mistake in her youth and she failed to marry the father of her child. She came back to Ömnögovi for it was tough to live in the city for a single woman with an infant.
Here she got married and they have many children and they live a happy life. She is happy that all her children study. Some of her children study in the musical and dance college. She also spoke of her husband in detail.
From 1998 she has become unemployed and stayed at home. At this time she attended the archery circle and she won third place in her first competition. She was encouraged and started training intensively and resolutely. She spoke of the peculiarity of archery, of her successful entry into this sports until she has become a master, the influence of her and others’ patience and striving, about the competitions she has taken part in, about the funny and instructive things happened to her during the competitions. She has become one of the powerful archery competitors at the annual national naadam.
Summary of Interview 090209B with Anonymous by Khishigsüren
In this part of her interview she continued talking about the national sports – archery. She herself makes the clothes and the archery equipment and some of them she sells at the market. She spoke of the differences of the Halh and Buriad archery. A person who goes into sports acquires great patience, gets much respect. She feels that knowing the sports discipline, having great psychological training and developing her sum and aimag reputation brought her a great many changes. She has said that it was the sport which ignores age and she was proud of it.
Mongolia is the only country in the world that has the three games of men. But nowadays there’s no place for archery competition. During the people’s revolutionary naadam festival the wrestlers approach the nine white flags of the state and they worship them but the bowmen have no right to go there. At the naadam opening the bowmen are let in and in an instant they let them back out of the stadium. In this way the archery sportsmen are not being considered, she said.
She was a cashier at the canteen during the privatization process. Privatization was carried out in the wrong way wasting everything. A group of people gained in it and it was a chaotic process.
The Gobi women have a unique living and they have peculiar style. Their men are very different. The reason they say there is a lack of men is related to the repressions, she explained.
There’s a beautiful unique nature when you go further from the Hamriin monastery of the saint noyon Danzanravjaa of the Gobi. There are still many monasteries there. All the men had been settled and concentrated there but during the repressions all of them were assassinated.
In the final part of the interview she shared her views on the present-day government and she expressed her critical attitude. At the end she addressed the young people to improve the name of Mongolia when going abroad, and to learn the Mongolian customs and Mongolia when you are home.