Maihüü


Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990148
Name: Maihüü
Parent's name: Mijig
Ovog: Ohin
Sex: f
Year of Birth: 1955
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: tusgai dund
Notes on education:
Work: kindergarten director
Belief: none
Born in: Manlai sum, Ömnögovi aimag
Lives in: Manlai sum (or part of UB), Ömnögovi aimag
Mother's profession: cook
Father's profession: sum, negdel deputy director


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Summary of Interview 080822A with Maihüü


Maihüü is the oldest of five children in her family. From the 1st to the 8th grades she studied in different schools in different places, in Ӧmnӧgobi aimag centre, in Manlai sum, Tsogt-Tsestii sum, and then in Hishig sum. After finishing the 8th grade she studied at the Nursery Teachers’ School in Ulaanbaatar for three years. After graduation in 1973 she returned to Manlai sum and has worked in the local nursery since.


Maihüü tells about her childhood and school years, what films she saw, her education in Ulaanbaatar, and the nursery where she works. She recalls that in her childhood schoolchildren were given homework involving such manual tasks as collecting wild onion and herbs. In the socialist period children were admitted to elementary school only at the age of eight. As her father was a darga, she started school when she was seven. Maihüü was considered to be a fashionable girl: she had a variety of colourful hair bands and wore the same, beautiful, red coat for six years. She remembers her years at the Nursery Teachers’ School in Ulaanbaatar as a really nice time, not least because she had a stipend. She started wearing trousers in Ulaanbaatar. When she returned to Manlai as a nursery teacher she was the only woman in the sum to wear trousers.


Maihüü got to know dormitory life when she started the 5th grade in Tsogt-Tsetsii sum. Schoolchildren from upper grades educated those from lower grades. In her childhood, in the aimag centre schoolchildren wore uniforms, whereas those in the sums wore the traditional deel.