Asia Education Foundation

Asia skills in action

From fashion and the arts to sport, growing produce and preparing food fit for celebrities, see how Asia skills sets these Australians apart.

See 30 examples of Asia skills in action in China, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and the Asia region.

Korea skills

Learn why South Korea is important to these Australians.

Learning activities

Scott WalkerEngage students, school leaders and the community through this series of Asia skills learning activities.

Asia skills: Australian stories


What are Asia skills?

Asia skills enable Australians to live and work effectively in Asia and with people from the Asia region.

Asia skills encompass three broad areas:

Background knowledge



Background knowledge is fundamental to operating successfully in another culture.



The focus and scope for such knowledge includes:

  • environment – location, topography, climate, demography, environmental conditions
  • history – major events, trends and issues
  • culture – current events, entertainment, media, sports, arts, religion and religious activity
  • practical living requirements – accommodation, food and drink, travel, shopping, staying healthy.

Intercultural competence



Research and experience suggests that, in order to benefit from cross-cultural understanding, several key attributes are required. 


 These attributes include:

  • sensitivity and willingness to learn – alertness to cultural differences and their significance, open mindedness, empathy, the capacity to pay attention and observe carefully, patience.

  • self-awareness – knowledge of how your own culture has shaped who you are, knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, being clear and focused on what you want to achieve.

  • analytical and communication skills – a capacity to analyse situations, develop solutions and collect information, and to communicate effectively.

Skills in using the local language



Locally relevant verbal and written communication skills open a new range of possibilities for interaction, and for learning, understanding and appreciation of different cultures.



myfuture: Asia Skills was funded by the Australian Government under the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program (NALSSP) through Round One of the Strategic Collaboration and Partnership Fund.


My Korea: Australian Stories was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of ForeignAffairs and Trade.