Journal article

Controversy, uncertainty and the diverse public in cultural diplomacy: Australia-China relations

Katya Johanson, Amanda Coles, Hilary Glow, Caitlin Vincent

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

In the past few years, foreign policy tensions between China and Australia have become especially fraught. In some cases, this political situation manifests in the very diplomatic initiatives that were funded to help ease relations. This article considers a case study of a theatrical collaboration in the context of contemporary Australia–China relations to interrogate the value of our understandings of and evaluation frameworks for public diplomacy. This article argues that theories of cultural diplomacy and assessments of initiatives need to consider the multiple and competing objectives, diverse publics and controversial receptions that may be the outcomes of cultural diplomatic initiative..

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