Ichinhoroloo


Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990102
Name: Ichinhoroloo
Parent's name: Shoovdor
Ovog: Dalai gün
Sex: f
Year of Birth: 1956
Ethnicity: Halh

Additional Information
Education: higher
Notes on education:
Work: retired
Belief: Buddha
Born in: Bayan-Öndör sum, Övörhangai aimag
Lives in: Arvaiheer sum (or part of UB), Övörhangai aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder


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education / cultural production; work; democracy; privatization; new technologies;

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Summary of Interview 081223A with Ichinhoroloo


Ichinhorloo was born in Bayan-Ӧndӧr sum of Ӧvӧrhangai aimag in 1956. Her father, Shoovdor, was a herder and had six children. After finishing the eighth grade in Bayan- Ӧndӧr in 1972, Ichinhorloo married a local man and gave birth to five children. In 1985, she entered medical college, after the completion of which she worked as a doctor at an epidemiological station for eighteen years.


Ichinhorloo heard of the ‘cultural campaigns’, but says that she cannot provide any detailed information. Her first job was to wait tables in a dining hall in Ӧvӧrhangai aimag centre. As a girl with only eight years of education she struggled to find a job, and managed to get one only with the help of her relatives. In the interview she tells what she bought with her salary, pointing out that in socialist Mongolia goods were scarce, especially in the country-side. After the college, however, she did not have to look for a job, for it was the state’s responsibility to find her one. Like any other student in socialist Mongolia, she did not have to pay for the college education, on the contrary was paid to study. She had a good stipend. Before the democratic changes, the main source of information, according to Ichinhorloo, was lectures and meetings organised by the trade committees. Ichinhorloo thinks that democracy did not affect her life in any way. She did not participate in the privatisation.


In contrast with today’s society, in socialist Mongolia people were more serious and had more grounded attitude towards life. In her view, today people became unreliable, light-minded, and divorce easily. In comparison with her childhood, the climate has changed for the worse.