Interviewee ID: 990183
Parent's name: Lomoi
Year of Birth: 1952
Notes on education:
Work: retired, biology teacher
Born in: Biger sum, Govi-Altai aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: büren bus dund
Father's profession: nurse
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Summary of Interview 090412B with Tsogzolmaa
Tsogzolmaa guai’s father-in-law was arrested during the repressions but thanks to the religious books’ power he survived. He was a scholarly high lama. The archives records of that time were very good, and that’s why he has been rehabilitated later and even the list of the confiscated things has been preserved.
In 1978 the dead were put in coffins and buried with all the present day rituals. Nowadays cremation has been introduced in Mongolia and it has multiple benefits. In the socialist time it was prohibited to pay respect to the dead and perform a service for the departed.
It was alarming when democracy appeared, but many teachers were in agreement that it was the right thing. Thanks to democracy we can now travel everywhere and express freely our opinions.
In Gobi-Altai there were no other foreigners besides the settled Chinese and the Russian specialists. The Chinese and the Russian customs were totally different. The Chinese let the people in courteously while the Russians’ control was very tense and they didn’t let anyone with more than 50 rubles across the border.
Privatization wasn’t been carried out justly and the quick-minded and cunning people could benefit. The Darhan big plants have become a toy of privatization and only the cement plant and the power station operated normally.
During the democracy process the school workers bustled and schoolchildren dropped out of school and the activity of the teachers and the children was decreased. Also the attitude towards the children’s labor has changed and idleness and negligence were esteemed and this situation has spread, she concluded.