Interviewee ID: 990076
Parent's name: Oidov
Year of Birth: 1961
Notes on education:
Work: literature teacher
Born in: Zuunbayar sum, Övörhangai aimag
Lives in: Arvaiheer sum (or part of UB), Övörhangai aimag
Mother's profession: very old
Father's profession: died, herder
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work; education / cultural production; privatization; democracy;
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cultural campaigns; collectivization; socialism; privatization;
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Summary of Interview 081205A with Narantuya
Narantuya was born in 1961 in Zuunbayan-Uul sum of Ӧvӧrhangai aimag. She is married and has two children. Her parents were herders. She was one of ten children in her family. In 1979, after finishing her secondary school in Ӧvӧrhangai, she entered the State Pedagogical Institute in Ulaanbaatar to study Mongolian language and literature. Upon the completion of her course she returned to Zuunbayan-Uul sum where she taught at the local secondary school. Afterwards she resumed her teaching job in Ӧvӧrhangai aimag’s centre. At the time of the interview she was working as a teacher of Mongolian language and literature.
Narantuya has neither a memory nor an experience of the ‘cultural campaigns’. Based on what she heard from her parents, she has an understanding that it took place between 1940 and 1960. She thinks that the ‘campaigns’ had a positive impact on people, especially in terms of improving general hygiene. Her other childhood memories include the following: religion was forbidden, pupils really respected their teachers, information was restricted, etc. She thinks that collectivisation was a good thing that happened to people. Her sympathy towards socialism, however, did not stop her from supporting the democratic movement. In her interview she tells about the privatisation. In her view, not all people benefited from the privatisation equally. Especially former bureaucrats gained a lot, whereas ordinary people received little.
Her observation of the difference between the socialist period and today’s Mongolia is that whereas in the past people could not divorce freely, today it is a matter of choice and freedom. The attitudes of today’s pupils also have changed, reflecting a general tendency in society. Pupils became more inquisitive.