An Auto-ethnographic Approach: ‘Akira’ 1954

No Frills Neil

This week of Digital Asia, we screened the Japanese animated film ‘Akira’ 1988.  I will say that I have heard of the film and the reputation it has built up, but I have never seen it until this week. Also part of this week we endeavoured into the concept of auto ethnography, so as part of this I took the initiative in understanding Akira as a cultural text through an auto ethnographic approach.

“Auto ethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience” (Ellis, et al, 2011). Being Filipino-Australian, I hold both an Asian and Western cultural context that stem from my upbringing and the clash of both my cultural backgrounds. In the case of the film ‘Akira’, through my personal experience, I am familiar with most aspects of the film. I can draw the similarities…

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  1. Hi Neil,
    Just like you, more or less I am from an Asian background and I myself also experienced the conflicts due to cultural difference after staying in Australia for a year. Reflecting the similarity between Akira and Eleven from ‘Stranger Things’ is a very good example of showing your understanding of auto-ethnographic methodology, in this case, it is by relating your personal framework and experience to analyze the cultural text.
    Overall, the content of your blog is straightforward and interesting to read.
    Well done!
    – Ray

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