Interviewee ID: 990163
Parent's name: Jambal
Year of Birth: 1937
Education: incomplete secondary
Notes on education: This most likely means 7 years of schooling.
Born in: Manhan sum, Hovd aimag
Lives in: Bayanzürh sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder
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childhood; democracy; environment; funerals;
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Summary of Interview 090319B with Sereeter
In the beginning he began to share his memories about his childhood. He had tended sheep from the age of 3 or 4 together with his sister. He obeyed his parents. He remembers coming to the city for the military service. At that time the buildings were rare and one building took about ten years to build. The ‘40 thousand‘ was built by the Chinese and the ‘50 thousand’ was built by the Russians.
He doesn’t support the democratic movement. He is a member of the revolutionary party and he thinks that democracy didn’t have a positive impact on his own life. If men used to be the main authority in the household, these days it is women who are mostly in charge. He thinks unemployment has occurred [as a result of democratization]. Until 1990 our nation didn’t trade with any other country except Russia. From 1960s the so-called ‘Mother land 52’ radio had been spread and then we had the so-called ‘VEK 6’ radio. At the age of 7 or 8 he saw a truck ‘ZIS-5’. Then he saw ‘BULU’, ‘ZIS-150’ trucks. In the beginning there were few families with a television. People gathered at one’s place to watch TV. In this way he talked about the development of techniques and technology in the socialist time.
At the end he talked about drought in Mongolia and the grass and plants becoming rare. He mentioned about going with the tourists to Hovd and Hövsgöl mountains. He talked about the family life and the changes in the funeral rituals.