Cultural Diplomacy as Public Relations in an Indonesian 27 Consulate in Australia

Vidyarini, Titi Nur and Brady, Danielle (2012) Cultural Diplomacy as Public Relations in an Indonesian 27 Consulate in Australia. Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, 13 (2). p. 27. ISSN 1839 8227

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    In this paper we investigate the similarities and possible convergence between public relations and cultural diplomacy in the work of the Indonesian Consulate General in Perth, Western Australia. Using a qualitative research approach, interviews were held with Consulate staff and heads of Indonesian organisations based in Western Australia. The findings show that the Consulate General does perform a public relations role through its culturally based communication practices. Indonesian community organisations liaise with the Consulate General and its publics, and effectively serve as a communication channel to the Indonesian citizens in Perth. Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth, is an example of an international actor performing cultural diplomacy on behalf of Indonesia. The research concludes that cultural diplomacy is another form of public relations, in which two-way symmetrical communication and mutual understanding are pursued.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural diplomacy, consular diplomacy, intercultural communication
    Subjects: A General Works > AS Academies and learned societies (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Communication Science > Communication Science Department
    Depositing User: Admin
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2014 04:19
    Last Modified: 19 May 2014 19:36
    URI: http://repository.petra.ac.id/id/eprint/16557

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