Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990030
Name: Dorjsüren
Parent's name: Galsan
Ovog: Huatsai
Sex: m
Year of Birth: 1945
Ethnicity: Buriad

Additional Information
Education: higher
Notes on education:
Work: retired
Belief: Buddhist
Born in: Dadal sum, Hentii aimag
Lives in: Dadal sum (or part of UB), Hentii aimag
Mother's profession: [blank]
Father's profession: [blank]

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Summary of Interview 080708A with Dorjsüren

Dorjsüren has a complete secondary education. He studied seven classes in Dadal sum and the remaining three classes in Öndörhaan. After finishing school in 1964, he entered the Pedagogical Institute in Ulaanbaatar to study mathematics. His first job assignment was in Selenge aimag where he taught mathematics in a secondary school. After that he taught in Öndörhaan for four years. From 1974 to 1989 Dorjsüren worked in a secondary school in his native Dadal sum in various positions, beginning as a teacher and ending up as the director. For a short period of time, from 1990 to 1992, he was the headmaster in the 48th secondary school in Ulaanbaatar, while his wife was studying at the Medical University. When his wife finished university, they returned to Dadal. Dorjsüren retired in 2005 at the aged of sixty. At the time of the interview he was running a small farm and a guesthouse for foreign tourists. He is married and has five children.

Dorjsüren tells about his parents, why Buryats came from Russia to Mongolia, and what happened during the repression in his native sum. His parents were among the first people to join the collective farm in Dadal. During the repression 600 people were arrested in Dadal alone. At the end of the 1950s, with the normalisation of the political situation, the relationship between the Buryats on both sides of the Soviet-Mongolian border improved.

In his view, Buryats in today’s Mongolia are the luckiest Buryats. In comparison with Buryats who live in Russia and China, Buryats of Mongolia enjoy freedom, both political and economic.