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Report highlights New Zealanders’ growing interest in Asian arts

A new report commissioned by the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono, New Waves: Meeting the growing hunger for Asian art in Aotearoa, finds increasing interest in Asian arts and cultural experiences among New Zealanders.

Authored by Rosabel Tan, it highlights the potential for Asian art and entertainment to foster deeper social connections and increase meaningful cultural and societal understandings of Asia in Aotearoa New Zealand.

“For the past three decades, the Asia New Zealand Foundation has been dedicated to deepening knowledge and building connections between New Zealand and Asia,” says Suzannah Jessep, chief executive of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

” New Waves: Meeting the growing hunger for Asian art in Aotearoa offers unique insights into New Zealand’s changing relations with and in Asia through the arts, and how those relations are transforming the creative landscape within New Zealand,” adds Craig Cooper, Director of Arts at the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

The report highlights a global shift in cultural influences, with Asian artistic expressions gaining greater recognition internationally. This shift is reflected in New Zealand, where mediums like K-Pop, Anime and Bollywood are finding a wider audience, but also influencing what New Zealand artists are producing.

However, the report also reveals a significant gap between the growing interest and the current offerings available. Author Rosabel Tan notes, “New Zealanders are eager to engage with Asian art in various forms, and yet this demand remains unmet.”

The report proposes practical recommendations to address this gap and encourage deeper engagement with Asian art.

Tan adds, “As countries across Asia invest in their creative industries, we have a powerful opportunity in Aotearoa to respond to and harness this. The benefits are not only economic but also sociocultural, fostering a deeper sense of social cohesion, community and belonging.”

The report contains recommendation to policy makers and for arts decision-makers, as well as a funding guide available on the Foundation’s website. The guide offers practical advice for artists looking to start or enhance their engagement with Asia.

New Waves features interviews with experts across Asia, New Zealand and Australia as well as case studies on Japan, Korea, India and Australia.

Download the full report and funding guide: https://www.asianz.org.nz/our-resources/reports/new-waves/


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