Why Australia Does Not Fit Within The Asia Pacific Region From A Cultural Perspective

2189 Words Apr 26th, 2016 9 Pages
Culture is influenced by determinants such as political and economic philosophies, social structure, religion, language and education. This essay will discuss why Australia does not ‘fit’ within the Asia-Pacific region from a cultural perspective focusing on social structure, business relations and the workplace. And will discuss what changes could Australia make to improve this ‘fit’.
What is Culture?
Culture is “a system of values and norms that are shared among a group of people and that when taken together constitute a design for living” (Hill, Cronk, & Wickramasekera, 2015, p. 231). Values are “abstract ideas about what a group believes to be good, right and desirable” (Hill et al., 2015, p. 231). Values provide context for society’s traditional norms and justify them. Norms are “the social rules and guidelines that prescribe appropriate behaviour in particular situations” (Hill et al., 2015, p. 232). That is, how people should act towards each other in everyday life and specific situations such as business meetings. As norms and values change so does society and its values and norms. Thus, culture evolves. For example, allowing women the right to vote was a change of values towards recognising women as equals. This in turn led to women becoming more individual members of society and make significant contributions to society and its culture.
The Asia-Pacific Region
Australia is a part of the Pacific region and combined with the Asian region they form the Asia-Pacific…

Related Documents