Interviewee ID: 990014
Parent's name: Nyamaa
Year of Birth: 1964
Notes on education: büren dund
Work: Barilgyn daamal
Born in: Bulgan sum, Hovd aimag
Lives in: Sühbaatar sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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work; childhood; education / cultural production; urban issues; illness / health; military;
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army; socialism; market economy; architecture; privatization;
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Summary of Interview 080601A with Dorj
The interviewee was born in 1964 in Bulgan sum, Hovd aimag. He is Torgut. He is married and has two children. In 1974, he entered secondary school in Bulgan sum, and in 1975 was sent to his brother in Ulaanbaatar where he continued his education. After finishing the eighth grade in 1982, he entered the Construction Technical College in Ulaanbaatar and finished in 1989 as a construction mechanic. While at the college, he took sabbatical leave to serve in the army. In 1989, he was sent to work in the country-side, from where he returned to Ulaanbaatar in 1991. At the time of the interview he was working as a plumber.
The interviewee discusses several topics, such as the difference between the city and the country-side, his life in the army, and his understanding of the market economy. According to him, the market economy is a good thing, not only because it gives people the opportunity to choose jobs they want to do, but also because it develops smartness and creativity in people. This can be clearly seen in the architecture of the two consecutive periods. In the socialist period all building had to be built according to one and the same plan. In contrast, today Ulaanbaatar is dotted with modern buildings of various construction, shape, colour and size. Also, whereas in the socialist period people were evaluated and given salary according to their rank and position, in the market economy it is of paramount importance to gain your employer’s trust (which means that now people are evaluated based on more personal criteria). Although he is for the market economy, he did not participate in the privatisation, due to the lack of adequate knowledge.
He does not much about Torgut culture, for he has lived in Ulaanbaatar since his childhood.