Interviewee ID: 990114
Parent's name: Nadmid
Year of Birth: 1950
Notes on education:
Born in: Tüdevtei sum, Zavhan aimag
Lives in: Nalaih sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: worked in special diplomatic shop
Father's profession: teacher
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Summary of Interview 090206B with Oyunchimeg
In the socialist period, before 1990, in Mongolia, many spa resorts such as Hujirt, Shargaljuut, Orgil, Janchivlan, and Ar Janchivlan were in operation. In addition, there were other resorts associated with different industries and those were highly productive forms of treatment. Those used to help people to live without any extra worries about their health because they were able to receive health services while they worked. All those treatment and health services were free. But those ceased after appearance of democracy in 1990 and most of the resorts were closed down.
Oyunchimeg recalled her time when she arrived and worked at Hujirt spa after graduating medical university. Although she was 23 years old, unmarried, and not used to being far away from her parents in that time, she dared to go there. When she came, all workers such as nurses, and hospital attendants treated with her respectfully calling “ta” (the formal 'you') as a physician even though they all were older than her. She talked about how once she cried suddenly because of homesickness. Taking an umbrella, she went alone to the mountain, sat down and cried, and a local old man arrived and calmed her down. Then she decided to have little free time, read professional books a lot, and learn to play the piano in order not to feel homesick any more. In such a way she started on her first job longing for home.