Month: August 2018

The Overzealous World of Anime Food


As a connoisseur of fine – although technically take away – food I can safely say I have had my fair share of experiencing different foods from a number of varying cultures. All be it the often-watered-down western version of these traditional dishes that are either delivered along a sushi train or in a paper bag in a takeaway container. Never the less I’ve always been open to a wide array of different foods and open to trying new dishes despite my stereotypical Australian tastebuds that would often take a glass of milo over most other drinks or actual food.


One particular facet of international cuisine that I take a particular interest in is traditional Japanese food. Growing up out west over the blue mountains there were never any Japanese restaurants or small sushi hubs – or really anything other than old Jaza’s bakery and pie shop – for me…

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Research Project: Lolita Fashion

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Ever since one of my childhood best-friends parents travelled to China, Japan and South Korea during primary school and told us about the trip, I have always loved learning literally anything about these three countries. Although, there is one thing from Japan which I do not think I know anything about, and what I thought I knew turned out to be wrong in some way. What I’m talking about is Lolita fashion. Sure, I’ve seen anime characters wearing Lolita fashion and a few pictures here and there on social media but I have never known any historical meaning behind the fashion style. For this research project I want to discover the origins of  lolita fashion and what the fashion style looks like today. Additionally, it would be interesting to discover what lolita means to the people that wears it.

Lolita fashion began through influence from traditional victorian style dolls and…

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BCM320 – Digital Artefact

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When I first enrolled in this subject I didn’t even see the name. I just knew it was a subject that would aid my graduation. My eyes have been opened wide to the fascinating gem of Asia, in particular, Digital Asia. When I first read about the research task my first thought was to deep dive into the world anime. Considering I wasn’t even sure if I was pronouncing it right it definitely ticked the required box of ensuring it was an aspect of Asia you weren’t familiar with. But after more consideration, I thought why not open my eyes to an aspect of Digital Asia that I am already quite familiar with within western culture. And that is reality TV/drama.

At first, I thought of finding a legal streaming to view Korean drama would be a big hurdle. Incorrect!  The most recent official annual figures count $239m worth of…

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Keeping in ‘Toon’ with Digital Asia.

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Over the past five weeks we have been exploring the topic of Digital Asia, and while I say this lightly, it is not a simple task. Digital Asia is a comprehensive term referring to the vast array of media goodness which has originated and spread out of Asian countries and Asian culture. As I am relatively new to the Asian media scope, I have experienced a multitude of epiphanies, feeling like ‘is there anything I do know about Asia!?’

So let’s start from the beginning, Asia refers to the eastern part of the Eurasian sub-continent with Europe making up the western (National Geographic, 2018). The geographical continent Asia was created by the ancient Greeks and the term ‘Asians’ was created by Europeans in an attempt to seperate from the basis of identity and cultural differences, the term went on to be propagated by European geographers, politicians, and writers throughout…

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T-pop: my story so far

Kelsey O'Brien BCM320 Digital Asia

Anxiety-circleI don’t want to do this!

I don’t like anywhere except Japan and Korea!

But I’m not allowed to do them, and I’m probably gonna hate anything I do do, so…

And then I’ll get bad marks and fail and I won’t get the credit points I need and won’t even be able to graduate! Oh God, I don’t want to do this; what am I gonna do!?

On beginning to try to decide on a digital artefact, I, quite simply, tumbled into a dark hole of panicked anxiety. So much has happened over the past six months that I can’t handle any more unknowns, even when they’re as benign as researching an Asian nation that I can’t introduce myself in (私はケルシーです… 자는 켈시입니다). However, as well as being an anxious wreck, I am also a good student, and the course requirements asked me to pick something I was…

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The new era: Webtoons

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Independent Autoethnographies is something that I have experienced in another class – Communication across Cultures (ELL230). Although I have completed an autoethnography before, the Digital Asia approach seems much different as I have learned that there are analytical and creative approaches to writing an autoethnography. Previously, I have written an analytical autoethnography which relied heavily on other research and the reflection of my experiences in a standard essay format. With different ways to approach the Digital Asia autoethnography, I will be able to explore more options and platforms to share my research and experiences.

Sitting in my Global Media Interventions class, Monday morning of week 6 and our lecture is on Webtoons, transformation into the global space and the new era of platformisation. Webtoons history was introduced and I learnt that they were created in South Korea in the 2000’s where comics became digital and online (Yecies, B 2018). It’s…

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Speculative Science! Autoethnography and China’s Stock Market

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Since March, I’ve started investing in shares on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). I figure that it offers me just as much (if not more) stability and better returns than my pitiful amount of superannuation, plus I can research exactly where my money is going. Sure, it’s risky, but my research and luck have served me well thus far. However, I’d never given any thought to international investing of any kind, let alone going all-in on the idea of share trading as outright gambling until two incidents in the last month or so really got my attention.

The first was that a friend of my dad’s from overseas tipping me off to a decent share he wanted to buy, but was unable to due to Australian restrictions on international investors. There’s a surprisingly robust system in place to approve overseas investors in Australia, but it had never occurred to…

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Independent Autoethnography: K-Pop Music Videos

K-Pop, a word  I had heard many times while studying my media degree but until about a week ago I didn’t really know what it meant. I understood that it was a a type of music from Korea but that was about it. This lead me to the perfect topic for my independent autoethnography for BCM320 (Digital Asia). We were encouraged in class to generate ideas linking to digital Asia and topics that we knew nothing or very little about.

From Anime to online shopping in Asia there were lots of ideas thrown out but as you can probably guess K-Pop won! First thing I learnt when sharing my idea with the class was that K-Pop meant Korean popular music and the second thing was that there are a lot of genres within K-Pop.

With the field site identified the next step was to identify what data was being…

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Autoethnography and ‘Akira’


Autoethnography… A term I had heard of but until a few weeks ago, had given little to no thought. Since joining the #BCM320 cohort, I feel that I have grasped a fairly good understanding of what this concept is, and how to apply it to my research for this subject.

So, what is it?

Ellis et al (2011) define it as “an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.” (p. 1).

In my understanding, it means applying your own cultural framework and the way in which you see the world to understanding and researching other texts, stories and cultures. How do I – as a young, female student brought up in a caucasian, nuclear family, in the year 2018, understand cultures different from my own?

Autoethnography realises that different kinds of people have different assumptions  and…

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