Interviewee ID: 990206
Parent's name: Anonymous
Year of Birth: 1959
Occupations: Red Cross educator
Notes on education:
Born in: [None Given] sum, Ulaanbaatar aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: doctor, retired
Father's profession: engineer, passed away
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Summary of Interview 090603A with Anonymous by Sarantsetseg
P. Tuul was born in 1959 in Ulaanbaatar. After graduating the tenth grade she went to the Medical Institute to study in the pharmacy class. She became a pharmacist and she believes it helped her a lot economically after the advent of democracy.
At the start of the interview she talked about her parents, her childhood and her private life. The secondary school children went hay-making and had a vacation at the labor camp, growing vegetables and learning agricultural production. In addition, they participated in various circles in the Pioneer palace. She also shared the things she had heard about repression, mentioning that it was prohibited to talk about repression and celebrate tsagaan sar.
She also talked about the cultural campaign. During the cultural campaign she worked at the first pharmacy and she was in charge of the ‘40 thousand’ buildings. The inspection people visited the ‘ails’ to see if they had two changes of bed sheets and how many towels they had. They even checked their nails. As a result of the cultural campaign the health of the people and their hygiene improved and the illiteracy had been eradicated. It brought acute changes into the lives of Mongolians. She also shared the things she heard about the collectivization movement.
At the end of the interview she talked about the process of employment in the socialist period, the work attitude of people, salary and incentives and the standard of living. She also briefly mentioned the people in authority of the socialist period and the changes of the relations between men and women.
Summary of Interview 090603B with Anonymous by Sarantsetseg
At the start of the interview she briefly talked about the newly introduced techniques and technology during socialism and about the chances of the ordinary people to communicate with the people of the foreign countries. She also talked about her friend Nadya, a young Russian woman with whom she had been friends for over ten years and from whom she had learnt many things. She talked about the life and work of the Chinese who lived in Mongolia.
She worked as a darga of the pharmacy at the beginning of the democratic movement in the 1990s. She privatized the pharmacy that was evaluated at ten million tögrögs with the pink coupons she had collected. In the first years it required a lot of manpower and labour to procure and compound medicine but soon she was successful. Though there are good sides to democracy like giving freedom to the people and the opportunity to communicate with foreign countries, she mentioned many errors of that time such as that privatization was carried out in wrongly and the economy of the nation wasn’t guided in the right way.
At the end she briefly mentioned her working at the Red Cross Society, the family life in the socialist period and funeral rituals.