Smithsonian Journeys Experts
Paula Swart is an art historian with expertise in Asian art, culture, and history, and has spent most of her professional life as a curator of Asian Studies. She is a lecturer in the Continuing Education Departments of the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria where she has taught a series of courses related to UNESCO World Heritage. Paula holds degrees in Sinology, Asian art history, Chinese history, and archaeology, having spent two years studying in China. She speaks five languages, including Mandarin, and has published several books and numerous articles on the art and architecture of Asian cultures. One of her recent articles discusses the first World Heritage site in Myanmar, the Ancient Pyu cities. Paula has enjoyed introducing visitors to Asian culture and history for more than 30 years, having participated in well over 50 expeditions by train, ship or private jet.