1) What do you do?
Apart from my full time job at IBM in New York City, I am an admin and host for Mongolia Live - English language digital bridge between Mongolia and the world. We have 440'000 followers from 50 countries, speaking 49 languages who love Mongol culture, tradition, music and nomadic lifestyle. We curate and create fun and relevant content for the world to be immersed in all things Mongolian, both historical and modern. We not only entertain and educate, but also advocate for human rights and sustainability.
2) What is your motivation to do it?
Since I have studied and worked abroad for many years, I've come to appreciate my heritage more and started reconnecting with my Mongolian roots on a deeper level. The more I learn, the more fascinated and appreciative I have become and realized that we have so much to offer to the world. I think there is a reason why I was born in Mongolia, in such a small country (population wise) and see it as my duty to use my voice to tell our own story and also to contribute to the progress of my country. We have a large following from young Mongolians who live all over the world. They stay connected to their roots through us. Just recently one of them saw our video of us raising awareness about air pollution in Mongolia at Times Square, NYC and decided to focus on air pollution for her PhD degree.
Many of our followers say that our music is the music of the universe. The world comes together under our ancient history and art. Plus, it's a lot of fun to find creative ways to promote a whole country.
3) What is the best advice you would love to give others?
- Stand for something bigger than yourself.
- Say something, do something because apathy kills.
- The key to happiness is in serving others.
- The world does know owe you anything.
- Life is perfect the way it is and the way it is not. I find it very liberating. Even when things are not working out the way you want, it is still perfect.
4) Tell us someone who inspires you.
Many people inspire me. One of them is Malala Yousafzai, the young activist for girl's education. She almost got killed and couldn't go back to her own country just because she wanted girls to get education. Reading about how she missed her childhood home broke my heart. I should be very grateful that I do not have to face the same opposition for trying to do what is right and that I can go home whenever I want. She taught me that even one voice is loud enough when everyone is silent. So I strive to speak up and do something to solve a problem even when I'm alone.