Pan-Mongolism: What is it and Why do We Need it?

A recently released song called Toonot aims to bring together Mongol hip hop artists to sing a pan-Mongol song . We thought that this would be a great opportunity to talk about Pan-Mongolism and what it means in relation to this song. The song says “Mongol” over 30 times and has male and female hip… Continue reading Pan-Mongolism: What is it and Why do We Need it?

Eej Mine: the significance of motherhood in Mongolia

Every culture treasures mothers, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Mongolians love their mothers more. Yet, throughout Mongolian history and into today, moms have to put up with a lot more ~shtuff~. In this post, we explore what it means to be a mom, and by short extension, what is means to be a woman in Mongolian society.  

Mongolian Child Jockeys – Tradition or Human Rights Abuse?

Children make great jockeys. They are small, they are lightweight and they are competitive. But at the end of the day, horses are animals; they are not perfect, they can fall, they can get angry and buck you off, they can do numerous things to a lightweight child that can leave that child hurt, disabled for life or even dead.

Just What is Going on with Mongolia and Belt and Road? Pt. 2

This is Part 2 of a two part series on the Belt and Road Initiative and how it affects Mongolia. Part 1 looked at what the BRI is and its current status in Mongolia. Part 2 looks at the reactions to it in Mongolia, and whether there's anything to be done.   Part II What are… Continue reading Just What is Going on with Mongolia and Belt and Road? Pt. 2

Just What is Going on with Mongolia and Belt and Road? Pt. 1

This is Part 1 of a two part series on the Belt and Road Initiative and how it affects Mongolia. Part 1 looks at what the BRI is and its current status in Mongolia. Part 2 looks at the reactions to it in Mongolia, and whether there's anything to be done.   Part I Raise your… Continue reading Just What is Going on with Mongolia and Belt and Road? Pt. 1

Becoming the Villain: A Mongol-American Struggle with Mulan

Op-ed by Ts. Tselmeg Four years ago, my nephew and niece, at the time aged ten and six respectively, saw Disney’s animated film Mulan. They gleefully watched a story featuring a red fast-talking sidekick dragon, the brave young Mulan, and the yellow-eyed evil Huns. The movie’s catchy songs were sung around the house calling everyone… Continue reading Becoming the Villain: A Mongol-American Struggle with Mulan

The 2017 Mongolian Presidential Election: Sinophobia as a Political Weapon

On June 26th, Mongolians went to the polls to elect their fifth president, repeating a process that has been in place for just 20 years. As with every election, Mongolians approached the event with gusto – even amid acerbic debate, they adorned their best, with their best displaying the wide range that the term implies.… Continue reading The 2017 Mongolian Presidential Election: Sinophobia as a Political Weapon

Upper-Middle-Income-Ish

For anyone doing research on Mongolia, especially on the economic side of things, I'm sure that the World Bank database (data.worldbank.org) is a familiar friend. For those of you who didn't know that fun fact, go there immediately to revel in the amount of data that the World Bank has collected and compiled into a… Continue reading Upper-Middle-Income-Ish

Mongolia. Much Exotic. You Like, Yes?

In those rare times when Mongolia does happen to make it onto the pages of global newspapers and magazines, there is something that the well-trained editors and writers sitting behind the desk invariably do. They emphasize the incredible(ly trite) contrast between the old and the new as evidenced by any number of things around Ulaanbaatar. "Ah, yes,… Continue reading Mongolia. Much Exotic. You Like, Yes?

The Looming Diabetes Epidemic

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death in Mongolia. Non-communicable means that these diseases are not transmitted from person to person. Frequently, they are of long duration and slow progression, such as heart disease, cancers, respiratory disease and diabetes. According to WHO, low and middle income countries account for 80% of NCD deaths,… Continue reading The Looming Diabetes Epidemic