Interviewee ID: 990559
Parent's name: Choinjuur
Year of Birth: 1948
Education: incomplete secondary
Notes on education: This most likely means 7 years of schooling.
Born in: Türgen sum, Uvs aimag
Lives in: Ulaangom sum (or part of UB), Uvs aimag
Mother's profession: milker
Father's profession: carter
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Summary of Interview 100914A with Chuluunhüü
J. Chuluunhüü was born in 1947 in Türgen sum of Uvs aimag as the oldest daughter in Jivzee’s family. Soon she was adopted by Choinjuur, a childless family. After she was adopted her adopted parents had one child. She entered school at the age of nine. Through third grade she studied in Uvs aimag until she moved to Ulaanbaatar. Upon their move to Ulaanbaatar city both of her parents started working at the railroad services. Her mother worked as the railroad well attendant whereas her father worked as a railroad worker, before both returned after three years of work. Then they settled in Ulaangom. She finished ninth grade and was about to go to pedagogical school in Arhangai and when her parents had a hard time letting go their only daughter, her uncle informed about an opportunity: “There is a very nice position as laboratory assistant in a flour factory, you should apply” and she took it. Thus she worked all her life as a laboratory assistant in a flour factory. She married Chantuu, a driver for the energy department, had 17 children and was happily married for 23 years. Her husband passed away suddenly in 1987. Out of her 17 children 11 are alive and now take care of their mother. Since she was an only child she was very spoiled. In today’s terms she could be called a kid from a “luxorious family”.
The Ulaangom flour factory opened in 1958 and she started working for it in 1964. When she joined the factory she attended a 45 day course. Apart from that she didn’t attend any other school. She’s often surprised to see how people work today. In her days people used to work for the sake of work whereas today they work as if it’s just for money. People have become very lazy. They are not happy about any job. In the past people were never picky about a job.
All her eleven children are well-behaved. Their father would assign and teach each of them household chores. He would also help around the house along with his kids. After coming from his trip to the mine and if it’s his turn, he would prepare dough for his kids’ meal. In order to make tsuivan they used to prepare sixteen rounds of dough. In that time the whole Uvs aimag had only 5-6 families that had a TV. Then the director of the energy department Dashdavaa said “your family is big, let your kids watch TV at home without having have to peep at others’ houses” and bought them a TV, which still works and remains one of the most memorable objects in the house. When her husband passed away their youngest daughter Ürlee had hard time coping with it. She would ask about her father a lot. Now the 10 kids always follow their oldest brother Ilees’ words. She says that with the help of her oldest son Ilees and her daughter-in-law Tuul she managed to secure own place for all her children.
Nature is undergoing major changes. Sometimes when she visits Lake Uvs she feels as if it’s expanding and shrinking. There is a lot of change going in the lake. The grasses are not that green anymore.