Interviewee ID: 990088
Parent's name: Baldan
Year of Birth: 1948
Notes on education: büren dund
Born in: Sühbaatar sum, Sühbaatar aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 090109A with Büjee
Büjee was born in 1948 in herdsman’s family in Darhanhaan sum of Sühbaatar aimag. She began her career as Library Director in Sühbaatar sum of Sühbaatar aimag. In addition to people being interested in reading book during socialist period, the government paid a lot of attention to this sector. For example, at least 5 copies of new books were put in the library and the librarian promoted the new books.
Büjee worked as director of the library from when she 16 to 19 years old. She became a food accountant in the aimag center since she married when she was 19. At that time teenagers who completed the 7th grade started work because personnel were scarce. They also participated in community works such as harvesting, helping herders, attending lectures, building fences, collecting shed horse-hair, in addition to their full-time jobs, although they received no extra salary.
When she was 18 years old, she first participated in the elections and gave a speech because she was the youngest voter. At that time, there were not several candidates in the election, and the election was just like legitimating a person who was appointed from above or circling only one person’s name on the ballot paper. “After counting, if there was somone who did not vote, that one was blamed as “an election spoiler” and they got him or her to vote. Then the election results were confirmed by counting the total votes after gathering 100% of the votes” she said.
One of interesting histories she told is that every citizen above 18 years old used to pay taxes for “not marrying” and “not having a baby” apart from many other types of taxes in the socialist period. Sühbaatar aimag is the birthplace of the commander, Süh, a hero of people’s revolution; therefore it was named after him. For the same reason, this aimag had an opportunity to receive new goods and development, and have its problems addressed first.