Interviewee ID: 990149
Parent's name: Damdin
Year of Birth: 1970
Education: tusgai dund
Notes on education:
Born in: Darvi sum, Govi-Altai aimag
Lives in: Lün sum (or part of UB), Töv aimag
Mother's profession: retired / herder
Father's profession: negdel driver
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Summary of Interview 080714A with Mendbayar by Oyuntungalag
Mendbayar was born in Darvi sum, in Gov’-Altai aimag. She is the oldest of four children in her family. Her father was a driver and her mother a human resource manager in a collective farm. After completing eight classes in secondary school in Darvi sum in 1978, she studied at the Technical College in Hovd aimag for three years. After graduating from college, she took up the job of a veterinarian in Darvi sum where she worked for two years. When she returned from her pregnancy leave, the collective farm had been disbanded. Mendbayar moved with her mother to Lün sum. At the time of the interview she lived as a herder with her husband and children in the country-side.
In the beginning of the interview Mendbayar discusses about her secondary school years in Darvi sum. In her memory, the teachers in her school had high requirements, and the schoolchildren were afraid of them. She herself was darga in charge of hygiene in her class. Her duties were to inspect her classmates’ uniform, check their nail, and so on, which she did during brakes. Children who breached cleanliness requirements were not punished. Only those who had bad marks were publically shamed. In secondary school Mendbayar liked watching films, doing sport, and participating in various cultural activities. She spent her student years in Hovd being the same active person. In her view, in the socialist period people were more responsible and did what they were asked to do. During privatisation she received nothing, though her parents were given livestock. She says that people did not benefit from the privatisation equally.
In the beginning Mendbayar liked democracy, ‘democracy began with good motivations’, she says, but now she is disappointed in it.