Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990043
Name: Bumanjav
Parent's name: Borhüü
Ovog: Olognuud
Sex: m
Year of Birth: 1944
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: tusgai dund
Notes on education:
Work: retired
Belief: none
Born in: Gol sum, Ulaanbaatar aimag
Lives in: Lün sum (or part of UB), Töv aimag
Mother's profession: worker
Father's profession: intellectual - cultural worker

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Summary of Interview 080712A with Bumanjav

Bumanjav was born in 1944 near the Choijin monastery in Ulaanbaatar. He has five siblings. His father was an artist, and his mother a worker. In 1948, he moved with his family to Nalaih. After finishing secondary school in 1965, he entered the State Pedagogical Institute in Ulaanbaatar to study art and culture. Except for several years that he spent in Ugtal as the director of a secondary school, he worked all his life in a cultural club in Lün sum. He retired in 2004.

Bumanjav discusses a broad variety of topics: secondary school education, relationship between parents and children, collective farms, cultural activities in the socialist period, Lün sum, the cultural campaigns, privatisation, his personal tragedies and achievements, and the wedding of his son. He tells that in the socialist period both schoolchildren and university student had to work during school holidays: the former usually broke bricks, and the latter worked in state farms. In socialist times, in secondary schools everything was done on a collective basis, including going to cinema and cultural clubs. He personally thinks that relationship between parents and children was very good during his childhood. His father, for example, taught him how to behave correctly, to respect grown-ups and not to complain about them. Bumanjav tells about his job in the cultural club in great detail. As cultural workers they were required to fulfil a plan for organising cultural activities among the herders.

During the cultural campaign, apart from being requested to improve their hygiene, people had to attend special lectures and seminar that were held every Monday and Friday. In these lectures and seminars, they were informed on a host of topics, from the situation in their sum and Mongolia to international politics.