Smithsonian Journeys Experts
Elvira Masson, College Professor of History and Director of the Confucius Institute at New Mexico State University, teaches courses in Asian history and Chinese literature and language. Elvira holds a Master’s degree in Chinese from Stanford University, has traveled widely in Asia, and lived for many years in Beijing. She returns often to Asia, (especially China, Korea, and Vietnam) as you will recognize when she discusses contemporary issues. You can also count on her to recommend a favorite restaurant or specialty market and invite you for morning walks through the local neighborhoods.