Discover the mystique of ancient traditions juxtaposed with vibrant modernity as you cruise from Hong Kong to evocative sites along the coast of Vietnam. 

2017 departures
Register interest Or call 855-330-1542
 Ha Long Bay, a World Heritage site  Residence of Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi  The canals of Hoi An

A Cruise Along Vietnam’s Coast

From Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City Aboard the 220-guest L’Austral

11 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Discover the mystique of ancient traditions juxtaposed with vibrant modernity as you cruise from Hong Kong to evocative sites along the coast of Vietnam. 

2017 departures

or Call 855-330-1542

Oct 18 - 28, 2017 Departure
Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro is a professor of East Asian history at the University of Nevada.  He has enjoyed visiting appointments at Princeton University, Nichibunken (International Research Center for Japanese Studies) in Kyoto, the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  His extensive archival and fieldwork in China, Japan, and Taiwan regards the history of medicine, disease, and the body in comparative context.  The analysis of bodily experience is a powerful tool for grappling with historical transformation, and Hugh focuses on how cultural practice and ideas, such as the integration of foreign medical systems, inflect the way that people experience illness, in particular neuropsychiatric distress.  He co-edited Medicine Across Cultures: History and Practice of Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, and his recent work appears in volumes published by Harvard University Press, Brill, Rowman & Littlefield, and Kluwer.  He received the Li-Qing Prize for the History of Chinese Science and won his university’s highest teaching award.  Hugh’s other research and teaching interests include visual and performance art, life in post-socialist societies, the military history of the Steppe, material culture in Central Asia, the history of de-colonization and revolution, and the cross-cultural experience of possession.  A popular Smithsonian Expert, Hugh earned his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in History & East Asian Languages from Harvard University.