Ganhölög


Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990047
Name: Ganhölög
Parent's name: Tserennadmid
Ovog: Zaya-Buyant
Sex: m
Year of Birth: 1973
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: higher
Notes on education:
Work: Manlai sumyn ITH-yn darga
Belief: Buddhist
Born in: Manlai sum, Ömnögovi aimag
Lives in: Manlai sum (or part of UB), Ömnögovi aimag
Mother's profession: veterinarian
Father's profession: teacher


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Summary of Interview 080811A with Ganhölög


Ganhölög is the oldest of six children in his family. When he was a year old, his mother left him with her parents to pursue education and career. At the age of eight Ganhölög joined his mother in Ömnögobi aimag centre where she was posted as an inspector. There he went to elementary school. The next year he moved with his parents to Manlai sum. His stepfather was a driver in a collective farm. After finishing secondary school he went to teach drawing and labour in a secondary school in Hanbogd sum where his biological father worked. From 1992 to 1993 Ganhölög attended a one-year course at the State Pedagogical Institute in Ulaanbaatar. After graduating from the Institute he returned to Hanbogd’s school. In 1995 he contracted hepatitis and stayed in and out of hospital for four years. In 2001 he became member of the Revolutionary Party and the next year went to Ulaanbaatar to study at the Academy of Management for three years. From his first wife he has two children, and from his second wife- a child.


In his interview Ganhölög tells about the following: his birth, childhood, his grandparents, his student years in Ulaanbaatar, and socialism. His grandfather, who was educated in Japan in a school for spies, was arrested upon his return to Mongolia and sentenced to ten years. When Ganhӧlӧg was a child, his grandfather worked as a salesperson. Ganhӧlӧg’s grandmother was of noble origin. Having kind and loving grandparents, Ganhölög says, he was a spoiled child. Nevertheless as the oldest child in his family, he has always known his responsibility towards his siblings. For example, at the time of the interview he had three of his siblings studying at universities in Ulaanbaatar. He pays all their tuition fees. When Ganhölög himself studied at the State Pedagogical University in 1992, he had hard times: he was often hungry, saw no joy and happiness around him. An important part of his interview is dedicated to his childhood. He tells what he did, what saw. In his view, today’s children’s psychology changed a lot. Children became less collective oriented.


His birth story is interesting. He was born in an airplane. Hence he was named Ganhölög, which means an ‘airplane made of steel’. When he was three he was issued a free flight ticket valid until he is sixteen. He made use of the ticket three times.