Interviewee ID: 990216
Parent's name: Anonymous
Year of Birth: 1959
Notes on education: büren dund
Born in: Sergelen sum, Töv aimag
Lives in: [None Given] sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: bagsh, passed away
Father's profession: Doctor (gav'yat)
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military; keepsakes / material culture; family; work; travel;
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army; education; South Korea; privatization; democratic movement; hunger strike;
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Summary of Interview 090611A with Anonymous
Mӧnhsaihan was born in 1959 in Ulaanbaatar to an intellectual family. His father was a doctor, and his mother a teacher. He finished secondary school in Tӧv aimag and took up driving lessons in a technical school. Afterwards he worked as a driver. In 1997, he moved to Ulaanbaatar, and in 1999 went to South Korea to work, from where he returned in 2005.
His stories about his parents and his army life are interesting in description. His father was a prominent doctor, who at one point looked after the health of the politburo members. Mӧnhsaihan tells in great detail what he did in the army, how he fought with older conscripts, and with whom he made friends. His story about what he saw and heard at a hunger strike in Sühbaatar Square at the beginning of the democratic movement is also interesting. Mӧnhsaihan says that he himself neither supported nor was against the democratic movement, for he did not understand it. During privatization he privatized the lorry he had been driving.
Mӧnhsaihan’s account of his life in South Korea is full of details. He tells how he got a visa, how managed to go through the Korean passport control, his first impression of the country, etc. During his illegal stay, he worked in more than twenty factories.