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Paula Swart

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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.

Upcoming Tours

A Cruise of Japan

11 days | Starting at: $5,995
May 22, 2019 - Jun 1, 2019

Featuring a Stop in South Korea From Himeji to Matsue and Osaka Aboard the 220-guest Le Soléal
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A Cruise along Vietnam’s Coast

15 days
Nov 5, 2019 - Nov 19, 2019

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City Aboard the 180-guest Le Lapérouse
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