Window Into 1950s North Korea


"Window Into 1950s North Korea:
Czechoslovak-North Korean Relations in the times of intensive cooperation and how the Czechoslovaks saw the North"

With Guest Speaker
H.E. Jaroslav Olša, Jr., Embassy of the Czech Republic in Seoul

By invitation only.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, February 14, 2014

Members Free
Non-members 50,000 won
Embassy/Press 20,000 won

Hanabank 195-910004-19604 Asia Society Korea Center


About the lecturer

H.E. Jaroslav Olša, jr.
Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Korea

Studied Arabic, Asian and African Studies at Charles´ University, Prague, and International Relations and Comparative European Social Studies at University of Amsterdam

Selected Work Experience:
1990 -1992: deputy editor-in-chief, Ikarie science fiction monthly, Prague
1992: joined diplomatic service
1993 - 1996: advisor to the First Deputy Minister (in charge of arms control and arms trade)
1996 – 1999: director, African Department
2000 - 2006: Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Zimbabwe
(accredited to Mozambique, Angola, S. Tomé et Principe, Zambia and Malawi)
2006 - 2008: deputy and acting director, Policy Planning Dept.
2008 – Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Korea

2011 The Mark Palmer Prize for Diplomats
(conferred by the Intl. Steering Committee of the Community of Democracies to diplomats who has advanced the cause of democracy, 6th Ministerial of CoD, Vilnius)
2012 Seoul Honorary Citizenship
(conferred by Hon. Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon)

Jaroslav Olša, jr. is also author of books and articles on history, culture and literature of Asia and Africa, he also wrote about science fiction literature. He has published in wide-range of publications, a. o. Czech edition of National Geographic, Nový Orient (New Orient), Světová literatura (World Literature), Mezinárodní politika (Foreign Policy), Mezinárodní vztahy (International Relations), Transactions (RAS KB). Contributed to various encyclopedias.

Selected publications:
Han Heung-su –Fouding-father of Czechoslovak Korean Studies. Korean Historian in Central Europe, 1930s-1940s (Han Hung-su – otec československé koreanistiky. Korejský historik ve střední Evropě 30. a 40. let 20. století, with M. Lowensteinová) (in Czech)
Prague: Nová vlna. Forthcoming 2014.

1901 photographs of Seoul by Enrique Stanko Vráz and other early Czech travellers´ views of Korea. (old photographs of Seoul and a history of Czech exploration of Korea until World War II, English / Korean)
Seoul: Seoul Museum of History 2011.

Modern Art of Zimbabwe. (history of Zimbabwen sculpture and painting, English / Korean)
Seoul: Korea Foundation Cultural Center 2010.

History of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi (Dějiny Zimbabwe, Zambie a Malawi, with O. Hulec) (concise history of three African countries, in Czech)
Prague: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny 2008.

Rainmaker (Přivolávač deště, with M. Malaba) (anthology of Zimbabwean fiction, in Czech)
Prague: DharmaGaia - Kontinenty 2003.

Encyclopedia of SF Literature (Encyklopedie literatury science fiction, with O. Neff) (in Czech)
Prague: H+H – AFSF 1995.

Event Details

Tue 18 Feb 2014
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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