Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990331
Name: Tümendelger
Parent's name: Baatar
Ovog: Hövdüüd
Sex: f
Year of Birth: 1963
Ethnicity: Buriad
Occupations: teacher, currently not working

Additional Information
Education: higher
Notes on education:
Belief: Buddhist
Born in: 'Worker' raion sum, Ulaanbaatar aimag
Lives in: Bayangol sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: doctor
Father's profession: driver

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Summary of Interview 090910A with Tümendelger by Ariun-Undrah

Tümendelger was born on the 26th of October in 1963 in Ulaanbaatar city. His grandparents married young and were Buriads who fled [Siberia] because of the October Revolution. His grandfather was born in the 1870s and was a soldier of the White Russian army in 1905. Buriad people, who escaped from Buriatia settled down in Dadal, Tsenher Mandal, Möngön mor't sums of Hentii aimag and his family settled down in Möngön mor't sum.

Tümendelger’s father mobilized for the army in 1953 and went to Ulaanbaatar and settled down there. He became a driver and worked in a Russian geology unit until 1970. Mostly Russian people worked at the Russian Geology Unit, so Tümendelger’s childhood was among Russian children.

Tümendelger entered into school number 18 in 1971. His family lived in Han-Uul district. After graduating 10th grade he took an examination to study abroad at the Teacher’s University. He could not pass the exam due to illegal issues. At that time, there was a regulation to work for 2 years before having another exam if someone failed to pass the exam to University. So Tümendelger worked at the yarn mill for 2 years and passed the exam and entered to study in Mongolian National University.

After graduating from University he worked at secondary school number 6 as an English teacher. He wasn’t good at English because even in universities English was not taught well at that time. But he was appointed to teach English at the secondary school. He learned English very well while he was teaching it. After 3 years of work as an English teacher at school no 6, his family went to Hungary. They came back after 2 years in Hungary in 1995. It was a tough time in Mongolia after the democratic revolution, so most of teachers left their jobs and started doing small trade. Tümendelger worked as a manager of the Tsetseg hotel. He was managing about 130 people and and worked there until 2001, then they went to Japan in 2001 and lived there.

Summary of Interview 090910B with Tümendelger by Ariun-Undrah

Tümendelger went to Japan and lived there for 10 years when democracy started in 1990 and big changes occurred in people’s life in Mongolia.

Tümendelger’s grandfather was a Russian Buriat and repressed. He wasn’t a lama but he was arrested together with a lama from his town. He knows Russian very well, so he explained that he is not a lama and so he survived and stayed in prison for 9 years, but the other person was shot. After 9 years in prison he lived a ordinary person’s life until his last day.

Tümendelger studied at the Mongolian language department of the Mongolian National University during 1984-1990 and successfully graduated. It was a time of democracy, so his student years were in the atmosphere of democracy. He thinks that the democracy brought both good and bad things in his personal life as well as Mongolians' life generally. People have gone through a very difficult time in the first few years of democracy. After democracy English was taught at all levels of school so he worked as an English teacher at the secondary school.

The heating system of Ulaanbaatar city was very bad during 1994-2000 and people wore their coats at the schools and offices.