My name is Courtney Shalavin. I’m a second year BCM student majoring in Digital Media and minoring in International Media. This is my fourth session that involves blogging for assessments, so hopefully I’ve got it down by now.
My main experiences with Asian culture is with their pop culture. Like many, I watched Pokemon and Sailor Moon on Cheez TV when I was a child, and was caught up in the storm if Nintendo game boys and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. When I’m having a lazy Sunday afternoon I’ll switch on SBS’ Pop Asia or on a Saturday night at home, I’ll watch SBS2’s If You Are The One. And of course, I’ve watched a few Studio Ghibli movies in my time. Overall, I feel as if I have engaged with only the tip of Asian popular culture, the media that has been the most prominent, easily digestible and accessible in our own media domain.
In previous semesters I’ve looked into virtual game economies, k-pop and the way women are portrayed in AdviceAnimals and other internet memes. I feel as if any of these areas could easily be used as springboards for independent research in this subject. In particular, I would love to explore the portrayal of women in Asian pop culture perhaps with a focus on women in the music industry or female characters in animes.
My blog can be found here and my twitter handle is @shalaohla.
– Courtney S