Interviewee ID: 990158
Parent's name: Pagam
Ovog: not sure
Year of Birth: 1946
Notes on education:
Work: construction company engineer
Belief: Buddhist / not really religious
Born in: Altai sum, Hovd aimag
Lives in: Songinohairhan sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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privatization; education / cultural production; foreign relations; military; democracy;
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Summary of Interview 090121B with Davaajav
In the beginning of the interview he talked in detail about privatization. The livestock were privatized but the veterinarian hospitals were not privatized. The apartments were privatized but the engineering lines and the infrastructure weren’t privatized and it was a source of conflict. The privatization of the collectives and the state farms led to destruction of the livestock and agriculture. All the factories were privatized in haste within one, two years and they were given into the hands of non-professionals and consequently the factories went bankrupt. Some had purchased the pink and blue vouchers in great numbers on the market and a few officials purchased the factories. From all this we can consider that the privatization in Mongolia wasn’t carried out in the right way in its authentic sense.
Later, he talked about his life. He completed the seventh grade in 1963 and went to Ulaanbaatar teacher’s school to study. For the student autumn work he went to Yeröö state farm in Selenge aimag. He couldn’t understand the dialect of the Buryats who worked there and it was tough. In summer time he worked on construction sites. After graduation he dedicated his life to teaching the countryside people to read and write and he strove for one year and he had been an example to the countryside people. He served in the army and after demobilization he went to the Soviet Union to study in the military school. He had had a dream since his childhood to become a pilot. He took an exam for pilot school but he was short and he failed the math exam. Therefore he chose the military construction institute and he remembers well the moments when he was seen off from the Ulaanbaatar central railway with the military band playing. It was one of the memorable moments in his life. He studied for five years in the Soviet Union and he worked later in the Construction military service and he took part in constructing many state farms and military construction sites. Then he retired.
At the end of the interview he talked about the attitude of the people of the socialist period towards work and he compared it to the present situation. He talked about how tough it is today to get employed and he mentioned the present Mongolian economic situation, about the post-communist life of men and women, the family life during socialism, the relations between the dargas and the workers and techniques and technology.