Interviewee ID: 990007
Parent's name: Jamsran
Year of Birth: 1938
Notes on education:
Born in: Tarialan sum, Hövsgöl aimag
Lives in: Bayanzürh sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: Judge
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Summary of Interview 080402A with Tsolmon
Tsolmon’s childhood was during the difficult time of war and at that time herders made fur coats and boots for fighters at the front and also gave livestock. There was a shortage of notebook and pens when she started school in 1946, so at first they used a pencil and later they used dip pens.
The collectives had begun and everyone had a norm for milk and meat and there was an oral agreement or exchange of products between herders. Teachers taught their lessons very well and did their best to teach children. Before the cultural campaigns, people use soda (the chemical) to wash their hair.
Tsolmon studied figure-skating and gymnastics at the Moscow Physical Development Institute and even though it was difficult for her to learn the language, she worked hard and learned the words by heart and did very well in her schooling. Russia already had artificial ice rinks when she went there and winter sports developed well in Russia. Tsolmon graduated as a figure-skating trainer and professional trainers were rare in Mongolia for any type of sports.
According to her, young people today do not like to learn and there is a tendency to pay more attention to their beauty. Mongolians never experienced hunger because of their livestock and it is a pity, according to her, that privatization destroyed many good things created in the past. In 1966, there was a huge flood in UB and it happened right before the Naadam.
Also, the road north of Bogd Uul was built within a short period of time using young people who were training for a gymnastics contest.