Interviewee ID: 990100
Parent's name: Yadam
Year of Birth: 1936
Notes on education:
Born in: Mönhhairhan sum, Hovd aimag
Lives in: Sühbaatar sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: government official
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belief; childhood; illness / health; work; democracy;
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herder's life before collectivization; five-year plan; hospital; aimag center (Hovd); group; sum center; consumer goods; work - labor; collective; urbanization; democracy; privatization; private life;
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Summary of Interview 081221A with Dulamjav
Ya. Dulamjav was born in Must sum of Hovd aimag. She had tended livestock until 1953 and then went to the aimag centre and worked there as a hospital nurse. When the Ulaanbaatar railway was recruiting workers, she went there to be registered and went to the city. She worked in Amgalan in the railway kindergarten with the Russian people. Then she attended the kindergarten teacher’s training course and was appointed to Zuun Haraa. She got married and in 1969 she started to work as cook in Töv aimag. In 1973 she went to Övörhangai to take care of her older brother and she had lived there for forty years. In the middle of the interview she talked mostly about her private life in Övörhangai.
In the beginning of the interview she told an interesting story of how the Osman Kazaks came to the Hovd border in 1949 and how the people of that land moved inwards. She also mentioned briefly that her grandfather and her uncle were good lamas and how her uncle was arrested. She talked particularly about the herders’ life prior to collectivization. After the disaster of the monkey-year [the 1944 zud] the people’s life deteriorated a lot. Slipping away from the official regulations tax, her mother followed her older son to the aimag centre and there she became literate by the studying with a group. And so a countryside girl became a hospital nurse in Hovd. She talked in detail about the hospitals of that time, particularly about the maternity department, about the difference of the sum and the aimag centre and the workers of that time.
At the end of the interview she mentioned that she loved democracy, and that one of her children has working for a long time as the darga of the democratic union of the aimag centre. She freely expressed her views on the present political parties. She also briefly talked about industrialization and education.