Interviewee ID: 990063
Parent's name: Baajgar
Year of Birth: 1949
Education: tusgai dund
Notes on education:
Born in: Manhan sum, Hovd aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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work; democracy; privatization; environment; family;
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Summary of Interview 080903B with Dashzeveg
In the first part Dashzeveg talked about working as accountant in the military and how she distributed food and clothes to the soldiers and also about working as a manager of the bath house for the military. She had the soldiers bathe twice a week and changed their white bed sheets. She also shared her thoughts on industrialization that flourished in Mongolia. She compared the families in the socialist time and in the modern time. In the socialist time the families had a maximum of 10-15 children and a minimum of four, and still the parents worked and they raised their children, whereas today there is a lot of divorce and she is upset that children are cast out into the streets. She has two daughters and two sons. She is comforted by the fact that all of her children work.
Dashzeveg also talked about the beginning of democracy when there was no flour or rice in the stores and the stores were empty. People were stressed about how to survive. But, now looking back, Mongolia is connected with many nations and if you have money, you can purchase whatever you want to. And they have acquired freedom. These are the advantages of democracy. She also talked in detail about her participation in the privatization process. People like her who shifted from one military unit to another were mostly left empty- handed. She mentioned how her husband used to say in regret, “I was left with four broken suitcases, one sick wife and four children without education. That’s what I was left with after the army.” If she had embezzled from the military food and clothes that she was in charge of, she could have become rich. But, like many others, she never had such a thought, and moreover, she was afraid to take out a loan.
In the last part she briefly mentioned about the progress of techniques and technology and the changes in the nature and environment, and funeral rituals.