In my last post, I wrote as therapeutic, as Ellis et al suggest, that kind of writing encouraged my “personal responsibility and agency, raising consciousness and promoting cultural change.” I feel that my last post was a perfect example of therapeutic writing as I related back to my personal experiences of a multicultural lifestyle.

It is interesting to observe how my investigations become structured by my own cultural framework. I find that my writing, rather consistently, takes the path of a personal narrative, Personal narratives are stories about authors who view themselves as the phenomenon and write evocative narratives specifically focused on their academic, research, and personal lives (e.g., BERRY, 2007; GOODALL, 2006; POULOS, 2008; TILLMANN, 2009). By the act of doing this blog post, it seems to me that I have to try and look at myself subjectively and analyse my previous work as if I was…

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Take a Pitcher…it will last longer

Michelles blog

My investigation working towards my digital artefact will endeavor to analyse my time travelling Asia, with a specification on local beers throughout each country I travelled. Growing up in Australia, drinking seems etched in Australian culture and is evident more than ever. We are known and stereotyped for our ability as a nation to chug back a bevy if the time permits.

Look at our former prime minister Bob Hawke for inspo on this:

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Having a drink can be a social connection, like after work or at a party. Now, this isn’t me here writing a blog about endorsing alcoholic consumption, but it is giving you a picture of the type of cultural normalities I have been a part of simply by being Australian.

As drinking is arguably a big part of Australian culture, when travelling to Asia alone as a backpacker I found myself in these same…

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Marketing & Advertising in Japan Project

Allanah Johnson

In my university subject, Digital Asia, we have been set with a task to undertake an autoethnography research. Autoethnography is a research and writing method that aims to define and evaluate personal experiences systematically to comprehend cultural experience.

At first, I was stuck for ideas on an experience with a digital Asian topic. After thinking about it, I had al lightbulb moment and chose to look into the marketing and advertising in Japan.

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I am a marketing and digital media and communication student. So, this topic excites me to research. I have had exposure to marketing in Australia, however, not in other cultures. I am interested to see Japans different values when they are marketing a product and how they adapt their advertising strategies across different countries and populations.

I want to particularly consider the adaptation of Japanese marketing/products around the globe. Particularly, how the advertising looks in Japan and…

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Planting the Seeds of Urban Farming


I’ve been at university for coming up to four years now, and
during that time one of my most profound realisations is just how much I hate
group work. I will admit, however, that this project we are about to embark on
is one which excites me greatly, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with

So far in the subject BCM320, or “Digital Asia” for those reading along outside the university echo-chamber, I’ve been looking a great deal into auto-ethnography, and ways in which to better understand a culture other than my own. This is done through learning the experiences of another culture as an outsider, or as Ellis et. al. (2011) describe it, “an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno)”.

Whilst contemplating a topic to explore for the remainder…

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Urban Farming in Asia: Two Ends of a Spectrum

Sunny Commandeur

Urban farming is the practice of cultivating, processing and distributing food in or around urban areas. It has become increasingly relevant in the face of overpopulation and widespread nutritional deficiencies across urban populations, especially across Asia. There are two main interpretations of the concept, with the main difference being socioeconomic status: Urban farming by choice, and urban farming by necessity.

Urban farming by choice seems similar across wealthier countries. The more advanced countries get, the less food they produce. There is a high tech expansion of decentralised vertical farms on the sides and roofs of city skyscrapers, and futuristic visions for rotating farm towers in rich dense cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong.

raffles-city-rooftop-gardenA rooftop farm in Singapore

This video details the current situation in Singapore,  where only 1% of its land is available for agriculture, and 90% of its food comes from external sources. As someone that enjoys cooking, I’ve become increasingly…

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A Bollywood Affair: Digital Asia Autoethnography



“Practicing ethnography means shifting one’s notion of center and periphery and coping with the complexity of multiple centers with multiple peripheries.”

Alsop , 2002 p. 1

Aslop attains that “self-reflexivity can take various forms and shapes such as asking ourselves about our frame of mind, about our power position in the network of cultures, about the ways in which we produce knowledge, and about our notion of center and periphery” (2002, p. 7). So, to better understand a culture, I must learn the experiences of its insiders and experience it myself, as an outsider (Ellis, 2011).

When I was considering a topic to focus on, I wanted to do something I am passionate about and feel that I have sufficient cultural knowledge of in my own context. This way, I can accurately compare my cultural experiences and generate epiphanies about the many unknowns I will encounter.


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Evangelion: A case for nudity & sexual implications

Noah Jay Anderson

Having just finished watching Neon Genesis Evangelion (Eva) i came out of it incredibly satisfied with its plot and execution as a whole. It was expertly crafted with deep character arcs, love, death, tragedy and of course giant mechs fighting angels.

Note: i watched this on Netflix and only after finishing it did i find out Netflix changed a number of things to avoid licensing issues. Also changing the voice actors to fans dismay, although this did not affect me in any way.

It was dubbed first of all, which in this case i found well executed, i found myself enjoying the performance of the voice actors and how well they translated into the animation.

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So, there really were no negatives to my viewing of Eva. The aesthetics were phenomenal and the script featured unusually deep-dives into the human psyche which i have never experienced in any western shows, only…

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soju + shoujo


(soju = Korean alcohol, shoujo = Japanese anime)

To say that I’m a foreigner to Asian cultures would be the equivalent of saying that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza (it does!), as I have Indonesian blood coursing through my veins. If asked where I’m from, it would be so simple to say that my sisters have skin the colour of our ancestors’ sand. But my premature exposure to the Australian culture has manufactured my cultural identity as a ‘whitewashed’ Asian female – yes, I am an Australian citizen but no, I don’t own an Australian birth certificate.

Watching my fellow co-auto-ethnographers burrow into profound analysations of a culture in relation to their own presented to me how cultures were scrutinised by outsiders. Those who admitted unfamiliarity toward Asian cultures may be the parallel adjacent of how the Australian culture was once incongruous to me. 

On the other hand, I’ve also…

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Anti-Villains in Anime: The case of Garou and Stain

Mokxii WordPress

Heroism is a common topic in anime and while it can be adapted into different forms, with different names, narratives, and ideologies. However, One Punch Man (OPM) and My Hero Academia (MHA) have decided to maintain its most original form, creating two worlds where there are people with superpowers and proper national systems, associations are established to support their heroic careers.

And of course, what are heroes without a purpose to fight, to save people? and so the villains are born.

But this is also where things started to get complicated, at least for me, when I can actually sympathize with the villains, when, actually, the presence of villains is to point out the flaws in the whole idea of being heroes, of being on the ‘good side’. And when we, as the audience, have to question their evilness, what do we call them?

“An Anti-Villain is the opposite of…

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BCM320 Week 5 – New Japan Pro Wrestling

My Blog

For my blog post this week, we have been asked to talk about an experience encountering an Asian media, product, text, topic, or service with an autoethnological approach. Therefore, I will be focusing this bost around my first experience in watching a New Japan Pro Wrestling Match.

I am a wrestling fan and have been for many years now. I grew up watching WWE and cried when my favourite wrestler, Jeff Hardy, was made to retire from WWE in late August 2009. I dropped off watching WWE due to this and also due to moving houses and also away from friends who watched wrestling. I had a substantial break between 2011 and 2014. In 2014 I came back to WWE harder than ever and became a hardcore fan of the product. In 2017, my whole life as a wrestling fan hanged when I saw an insane gif on Facebook.tenor


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