Czechoslovak Presence in Tibet 1950s and Beer



Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description This brief and descriptive paper focuses on the Czech national drink, beer, and its reflection in the reports of Czechoslovak travellers to Tibet in the 1950s. In this context, two types of beer can be discussed - Tibetan, i.e., chang, and Czech, i.e. Pilsner beer. It would not have been the Czechs if they had not attempted to transport beer - along with our trucks and motorcycles - to Lhasa. We even have film evidence of how this attempt failed. It is certainly typically Czech that in 1956 a broken beer bottle is a greater loss to us than a broken vial of penicillin. Equally interesting is the account of Tibetan beer from the pen of Czech journalist Karel Beba, who was the only Czechoslovakian to visit Tibet twice in the 1950s, in 1955 and 1956.
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