Interviewee ID: 990425
Parent's name: Togoohüü
Year of Birth: 1965
Notes on education:
Born in: [None Given] sum, Ulaanbaatar aimag
Lives in: Manlai sum (or part of UB), Ömnögovi aimag
Mother's profession: worker
Father's profession: worker
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Summary of Interview 080824A with Enhtuul
Enhtuul is the second child in her family. She has six siblings. Both of her parents were factory workers. While her siblings lived with their parents in the 120 Myangat district, Enhtuul was brought up by her grandmother who lived in Yarmag district, Ulaanbaatar. In 1984, after finishing the eighth grade, she attended a one-year course at the Pedagogical College to train as an elementary school teacher. Upon her graduation, she worked in Sevrei sum, Övörhangai aimag, for a year, and then was assigned to Manlai sum, where she has been working since.
Enhtuul tells mostly about her childhood: how she lived with her grandmother, what her grandmother taught her, what it was like going to pioneer camps in summer, etc. She also recounts how she, as a student at the Pedagogical College, went to work in a state farm and what she wore there. Enhtuul says that she fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a teacher.
This interview part has two summaries. The second follows.
An elementary school teacher in a sum in Ömnögovi aimag.
This interview is an interesting example of a city woman (who grew up in ger horoolol (district of the capital)) who went to live in the countryside. This was a case of reverse migration due to a work assignment by the state after she graduated from teacher's college. Seeing people who lived in the countryside and worked for the state farm for the first time made a strong impression on this women, who at that time was a young student. It was difficult for her to understand why these people did not care about clothes and the way they presented themselves.
Her narrative expresses a very fresh surprise about the culture and lifestyle of people who lived and worked on the state farm. She talks about the country as 'the other'.