An Australian businessman has published a calendar to promote cross cultural understanding between Australia and Asia.

Anthony Chiminello initiated the calendar to foster better relations between the two sides after being inspired by the Australian Government's White Paper on Asia.

The calendar features 52 poems accompanied with illustrations by school children from the region.

Mr Chiminello wrote the poems on themes such as harmony, love and living, and had them translated into Mandarin.

The idea to create a cultural harmony project struck him while doing business in China.

"I realised culture is probably more important and a priority when doing any sort of business... with the East," he said.

"I've always had a passion for writing so I decided to publish some of my poems.

"Most of the poems are really about self development and assisting all of us in gaining a bit more wisdom in improving our lives."

Mr Chiminello thinks the arts is a good avenue to develop harmony between cultures.

"When you're engaging (with) any culture or... different people... I think the foundation of that is to understand their culture," he said.

"Literature is a very good doorway to do that.

"It's through language that people actually get to understand and communicate with each other and then obviously learn about each other's culture."

The calendar is one way for people from both sides to gain a greater understanding of each other, according to Mr Chiminello, who is holding launches in Shanghai and Melbourne to promote the project.

"It's educational in that it demonstrates how we interpret wisdom in different ways," he said.

"It's also inspirational in that it gives a cross section of how our children view harmony between the two regions through their illustrations."

Mr Chiminello says the Australian Government's continued to engage with its Asian counterparts is a good move.

"They are promoting more Asian languages in schools and... business opportunities are also fairly optimistic," he said.

"More and more people are taking an interest in Asia and that can be seen in different areas, their interest in languages, culture and business and (more) people travelling from one region to another just to learn about each other."

Mr Chiminello says he plans to use music in his next cultural project.

"A lot of people spend a lot of time developing which you know is a term for relationships between the East and the West," he said.

"But when you develop projects that involve children (and) the arts, the is developed very quickly and there are no boundaries."

"I think the reason why we work with different aspects of the arts is because you would automatically connect with people's heart, mind and soul... as well as the intellect."


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