Interviewee ID: 990176
Parent's name: Chimedbaljir
Year of Birth: 1956
Education: incomplete secondary
Notes on education: This most likely means 7 years of schooling.
Work: security for private company
Born in: Tosontsengel sum, Zavhan aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: Будгийн цех нормчин
Father's profession: Мод боловсруулах комбинатын боловсон хүчин
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Summary of Interview 090406A with Choijiljav
Choijiljav guai was born in 1956 in Rashaant sum, Zavhan aimag. Having completed the eighth grade he attended vocational agricultural school in Bayanchandmani. Then he served in the border troops and after demobilization he started to work as a driver at the Water office of Toson. While in the military he had studied at the auto school for a year and became a driver.
In his childhood he liked to play ball and the ‘hitting a pig’ game. When Choijiljav guai was small, there used to be a day of children’s films. At the time he went to school there were sufficient books and notebooks. They used to write with a dip pen. In the 1930s radios were available. At the age of seven when he came to the city, there used to be National TV programs.
His father worked as a collective darga. He still has the recording tape of his father where he talked about his being involved in repression. The arrested people were detained in a prison past the place called Darhan-Uul. The lamas of that time were shut down (ie, the monasteries were closed) and restricted.
In the socialist period everyone had a job and the rate was good. All the work had been done according to a plan and a norm. For instance, Choijiljav guai was given a norm to drive 10000 tons/km of land when he got the new vehicle. He had a salary of 900 tögrögs per month. When going in the countryside the vehicles would break down and the drivers repaired them on their own. The people had work responsibility. In order to get employed people wrote a petition letter.
The emblem of the collectivization movement had the picture of a horse. In the socialist time the people voted for only one candidature. On January 1st the ‘ails’ greeted each other like at Tsagaan Sar.
Through privatization Choijiljav guai privatized his vehicle. He said privatization hadn’t been conducted fairly.