However, he was able to make it to Canada recently and will be speaking to Torontonians of diverse cultures and backgrounds in order to share his stories from a very unique perspective, that of a Mongolian nomadic civilization.
He will share pictures from his travels to 85 countries in the last 9 years and now to Canada, the 86th. Overall, he will discuss his take on the meaning of life, his beliefs and people of the world.
Topics will include:
- How transitioning from communism to capitalism triggered his thirst for travel to search and explore a new world and how it shaped his worldview;
- How travel influenced him to find his own Mongolian nomadic cultural identity;
- How Mongolia is facing current economic and environmental challenges; and
- What kind of role he envisions for Mongolia to play in the global world order.
At the conclusion of his discussion, Amai will include a performance of “Khoomii”, Mongolia's traditional throat singing.
If you have any questions, please contact Khulan Zalaa-Uul at email@example.com or call (613)979-0792.
The event is open to the public. As there is limited space available, please RSVP by clicking below.
We also caught up with Edwin Michielson from Aligali who is passionate about Mongolia and Mongolian Studies.
Short Biography of Amai
Zolbayar Jambalsuren, commonly known as Amai (his artist name) was born on June 28th, 1979 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He studied at the Mongolian National University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Foreign Affairs in Japanese Studies. Soon after, he enrolled in the Academy of Business and Administration of Mongolia and the Mongolian University of Culture. He irrevocably values Mongolian music and culture, its uniqueness and beauty. Since November 4th, 2005 until May 16th, 2010, he visited 69 countries and spent 1665 days on the road. Last year he travelled to North & Central America and reached 86 countries.
Amai has been honored as a “hero of the youth” by the public and received the honorary “Medal of Friendship” by the Union of Peace and Friendship, the highest academic medal “Khublai Khaan” by the Academy of Science and Technology of Mongolia and his writings received the highest nomination in 2011 by the Mongolian Journalist Association. Also, the Academy of Foreign Studies awarded Amai the title of “Professor of Foreign Studies”. Amai wrote and published “Amazing World” and “Life is beautiful” which are both narratives about his travels and his inner journey.
Amai is a committed traveler, militating against global warming and standing up for the respect and love of the Earth, which is represented by Mother God in the Mongolian traditional belief of Tengriism.