National Geographic Photographer Yamashita Speaks at Freeman Asian Studies

Michael Yamashita '71, a photographer for National Geographic, spoke about his experiences traveling the world for the past 25 years during a talk Feb. 19 in the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies.

Michael Yamashita '71, a photographer for National Geographic, spoke about his experiences traveling the world for the past 25 years during a talk Feb. 19 in the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies.

Having traveled the world for National Geographic for the past 25 years, Michael Yamashita, center, has a special affinity for fellow travelers. That is why he was drawn to his two most recent story subjects, Marco Polo and Zheng He.

Having traveled the world for National Geographic for the past 25 years, Yamashita's most recent story subjects are Marco Polo and Zheng He. Yamashita retraced explorer routes across 10 countries, from Venice through Iraq, over the old Silk Road into China and back again by way of Southeast Asia and India.

Vera Schwarcz, director of the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, the Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, professor of history, speaks on the Silk Road, whcih had influences on the culture of China and Central Asia.

Vera Schwarcz, director of the Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, the Mansfield Freeman Professor of East Asian Studies, professor of history, speaks on the Silk Road, whcih had influences on the culture of China and Central Asia.

Yamashita speaks with Sara Swetzoff '09.

Yamashita speaks with Sara Swetzoff '09.

Yamashita spoke with talk attendies after the event in the Freeman Center.

Yamashita spoke with talk attendies after the event in the Freeman Center. (Photos by Alexandra Portis '09)