Public diplomacy is normally understood as government's aim to positively influence overseas public
opinion regarding its image. However, this essay instead explores public diplomacy through people-to people
relationships as a process of engagement and mutual understanding while maintaining
governmental objectives as well. The emphasis of Australia's conduct of public diplomacy is explored
through two main organizations - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and National Gallery of Australia - in
promoting cultural understanding with China and Japan. The locus on the effect of cultural diplomacy
within this research paper is about fostering deeper relations and understanding with two of Australia's
prominent Asian neighbours.
Australia's geographical position is such that Asia is understood to be an important neighbour in the
Asia-Pacific region. As such, the highlight of its relations with Japan and Australia is about the strong
ties that the nation and subsequently, the community have fostered throughout many years of co-operations.
This people-to-people links through public diplomacy provides a more intimate and nongovernmental
intrusive mode of communication to better understand a culture that is so different than
that of Australia's Western one. Thus...