Interviewee ID: 990595
Parent's name: Choi
Year of Birth: 1947
Notes on education:
Work: Senior Association head
Born in: Baruun Urt sum, Sühbaatar aimag
Lives in: Baruun Urt sum (or part of UB), Sühbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: Can't read
Father's profession: Government worker
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Summary of Interview 100613A with Ganbaatar
Ch. Ganbaatar guai was born in 1947 in the center of Sü hbaatar aimag and at the age of 8-9 months he was adopted. His adopted parents were in charge of the ideology of the aimag party committee and they were a noted intellectual family. He attended kindergarten from the age of 3-4 and then went to school. After finishing school he studied as an agricultural mechanic and he worked on a tractor-combine and then he left to serve in the military. At that time the people with agricultural vocation were exempted from the military service, but Ganbaatar guai went voluntarily to the military and he was promoted to corporal, then sergeant. Then he stayed on and worked in the military. For over twenty years he served in the army in various positions and he retired with as a major and since 1992 he has been working for the seniors’ association.
The military provision and the salary were sufficient and in addition they gave him a military title, his working years (ie, provided employment) and an additional field salary. Compared to the ordinary life the military life had much better supplies and they were served in a special store and even the firewood was provided. At that time all the professions were obtained free of charge therefore the people had the opportunity to acquire the profession they were interested in. The military people had scarce time to dedicate themselves to their families but their children were fully involved in the schools and the kindergartens. The soldiers were taken to the cinema at the weekends and art performances were performed in the clubs. Dance festivities and art performances were organized and the soldiers were involved in concert preparation works, thus the soldiers were culturized. Around 1961-1962 religion was mostly prohibited. There are many rare things at Ganbaatar guai’s like Buddhas, prayer-wheels, and a copper jug (dombo) that had been worshipped by his family for many years.
Finally he said with a worry that the pasture lands are being used in a wrong way that’s why the plants are decreasing and desertification increases. Marked weather changes are noticed and the winter and the summer seasons shorten while the spring and autumn seasons become longer.