Serjmaa


Basic information
Interviewee ID: 990590
Name: Serjmaa
Parent's name: Sonomjav
Ovog: Horhon
Sex: f
Year of Birth: 1944
Ethnicity: Tuvan

Additional Information
Education: incomplete secondary
Notes on education: This most likely means 7 years of schooling.
Work: herder
Belief: Buddhist
Born in: Duut sum, Hovd aimag
Lives in: Jargalant sum (or part of UB), Hovd aimag
Mother's profession: herder
Father's profession: herder


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Summary of Interview 101110B with Serjmaa


During the cultural campaign Serjmaa guai visited the administrative places for a cultural inspection and every Wednesday she went to make the ‘ails’ clean their garbage. In 1995 Serjmaa guai’s labor was evaluated by the state and she was awarded with a title and a badge of ‘the leading medical worker’.


The city was very nice in the socialist period. There weren’t so many crowded gers like today. In 1983 she participated in the Congress of the Mongolian Red Cross Association as an honored blood donor. The delegates of the Congress were given the opportunity to purchase rare goods in the state department store. Her son who served in the military then was granted leave to visit his mother.


Serjmaa guai wasn’t aware of her pregnancy till she delivered her first child. In the socialist period most of the mothers delivered their children without medical assistance. Serjmaa guai’s ger was tiny without linoleum. It had a rug covered with a cloth. In order to clean the rug it was washed. Each ‘ail’ cleaned and prepared the bed sheets and changed the blankets with the coming cultural inspection. It was required to have two changes of bed sheets.


The medical workers’ salary was very low in the socialist period like today. Serjmaa guai’s husband worked as a welder at the construction site and he had high salary that is why it was sufficient for food.