Month: September 2018

K-Pop and The Twilight Saga: An Unlikely Cultural Clash.


When experiencing another culture, whether it be travelling, consuming foreign entertainment or a cultural phenomenon, I always use my own lived experiences as a foundation in understanding the concepts. After which, I find research, usually pop-cultural references, to further understand the lived experiences of those whose culture I am experiencing for the first time. In combining these two steps, I am able to relay and critically understand cultures that are immensely different to my own.

When describing my first foray into K-Pop fandom, I heavily relied on my own experiences of fandom culture to begin to understand the intense immersion associated with K-Pop. Although seemingly unrelated, K-Pop fandom and the Twilight Saga held many of the same characteristics to me; that of complete devotion to a product.

In the first third of my blog post, I used auto-biographical concepts to create the foundation and emotional connection associated with fandom culture…

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K-What? Entering a K-Pop fandom.


At age 13 I had my first and only foray into an immersive, dominating fandom experience. It was Twilight and I was unequivocally Team Edward.

It was summer and nearly everyone in my drama class had been clutching at these books for almost a month. Everyone except my group of best friends, who, at the time, thought we were way too cool and emotionally advanced for ‘vampire romance’.

Throughout school we were avid readers, but for reasons I can’t remember, turned our noses up to the phenomenon that was Twilight. Perhaps it was too mainstream. We prized ourselves on our painfully hipster reputation.

However, I was the first to crack. Tagging along to the hairdressers with my Mum, I asked for a copy of Twilight. Ironically, of course.

As if entranced, I read the first book in under 24 hours. And so began one of the most enjoyable and bonding…

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Autoethnography continued …my experience

Tamara Kelly

.My idea was to look further into Japanese game shows, as they are really popular and often localised in other countries. I wanted to experience watching them myself and get a sense of the entertainment value they provide in their own countries and any others watching. There is definitely a Western fascination with them. Take this segment of Ellen’s show as an example.

Japan is known for many things including it’s beautiful scenery, architecture, traditional arts like Geishas, highly advanced technology and its mega cities. The people are known to be very polite and intelligent. So when you think of all this and then see these crazy game show concepts it’s quite interesting. They have so much creativity and fun.

I watched one episode of Downtown no gaki no tsukai ya. The episode involved 5 funny men going to 37 different stores to eat an 8 pack of Octopus balls. At…

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Overview of independent autoethnography task

Tamara Kelly

This semester, the Digital Asia subject had me delve into many different types of culture from many different countries. These included watching films made in Japan, documentaries following professional Korean gamers and even trying different foods. These were all done so we could explore a different culture from our own and investigate autoethnography. Thinking of an idea for a digital artefact, I looked back on my own experience. Some of the shows I watched growing up were some very funny and entertaining game shows that actually were originally derived from Japanese game shows. Many have been adapted, one including American Ninja Warrior. A show modified from the original Sasuke or Ninja Warrior in Japan where athletes would compete in physically demanding challenges. Another show I watched was MXC, which stands for Most Extreme Elimination. Using footage from Takeshi’s castle it’s a very funny show but only until recently I genuinely…

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A Review on One Episode of Gag Concert

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Gag Concert | 개그콘서트 (2013.08.03)

Basic Overview:

A South Korean KBS founded Sketch Comedy TV show showcasing the power of stand up comedy. It started off in September 1999 and as it says online, Gag Concert is the oldest of South Korean comedy programs. In Gag concert a ton of different comedians show up to perform a variety of different skits to a live audience concert style. Episodes usually pass an hour and if one skit doesn’t suit you, chances are another will.

This episode featured the skits: The Boy Band / Still Alive / You Are So Bad / Real Modern Dictionary / Daddy's Little Girl / BBOOM Entertainment / Why We Don't Need Men / The King of Ratings / Yellow Sea / Badump Badump / The Legends / Dance Chatter / ...... / SISTAR29 / Ohseong and Haneum / The Uncomfortable Truth


Trying to condense the…

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BCM320 Updated – Hello, my Twenties!

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To understand this, you may like to read my previous post here to be able to follow along better! In my previous post was narrated experience collecting data with the Korean drama series “Hello, My Twenties” to begin my autoethnography.  Ellis describes “autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience”.

For my data collection, I used live tweeting. It allowed me to document key epiphanies in my chosen field site of Netflix. Epiphanies are self-claimed phenomena (Ellis 2011) that help the viewer process the content.


As a method, autoethnography combines characteristics of autobiography and ethnography (Ellis 2011).  To understand my experience with Korean drama I am using the methodology of narrative autoethnography because “the power to seduce us into new ways of seeing the world”(Berger, 2001)

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04/ Digital Artefact- Update

Emily G.

I do admit, I have been delaying and procrastinating this artefact as the thought of finding and asking people that are more than happy to be interviewed, seems like the most tedious task- but it needs to be done.

Ellis Et Al 2011 reading* emerges both autobiography and ethnography to process the act of autoethnography. In my digital artefact, I have selected the field site of Asian cuisines to hopefully further and expand my knowledge on the history and practice of the various dishes, along with the extent these restaurants add value and meaningfulness to the surrounding individuals.

Screen Shot 2018-09-21 at 10.00.27 pm.png Screenshot from Ellis Et Al definition of Autoethnography

I am yet to actually interview and taste some dishes as of yet, BUT am in the process of hopefully getting a kick start by next week. In the meantime, I have researched through Google and ended up on zomato, trip advisor and various…

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03/ Digital Artefact-Asian Restaurant Experience

Emily G.

This subject has been nothing but interesting and a unique experience for me- diving into a new foreign culture, in which I have little knowledge on.

Brainstorming ideas for my autoethnography  digital artefact, many ideas became to circulate. The only positive from having little experience with Asian culture is that it gave me a wider variety to select from a range of field sites to base it on, some in which I jotted down were things such as; fashion, language, gaming, music and food.

Looking back at these ideas I could circulate my project around took way too long for me to choose exactly what I wanted to do. With much delay, I think I have a small idea in the direction I want to head in-

Field Site
Out of all the many ideas I had going around in my head, I decided to go with traditional Asian food.

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Analysing a Post About Analysing a Topic Which will be Analysed by my University Teacher

Tate's Blog

In Part 1 of my Digital artefact I spoke about how I planned to research Japanese architecture and what, if anything, makes it unique. A topic which I chose partly because architecture has always been something that fascinates me, and partly because I needed to get started on my University assignment.

The purpose of this blog post is to look at what I can, with my cultural background, bring to the table while researching the topic and also talk about other things such as the exact approach I am going to take to the research.

I am about as British Australian as you can get, my mum’s great grandmother came to Australia from Britain when she was in her 30’s and on my dad’s side his great, great, great, great grandfather was a soldier on the First Fleet (that makes me 8th generation first fleet for anyone like me who…

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Japanese Architecture

Tate's Blog

Being told to pick an aspect of Asian culture that you like to use as a subject for autoethnographic research for a university assignment is like trying to work out how to spell the name of that weird cream the doctor recommended for that rash (don’t ask). In other words you can’t work it out, you inevitably try a bunch of different spellings at the pharmacy until you finally get it right which is essentially what happened with my topic selection. After about two hours of awful ideas and an unnecessary amount of cursing to myself I finally gave up and decided to look through some of the older stuff in the furthest back parts of my draws and there I found it. In primary school we had to write what we saw ourselves doing in 10 years, back then I had wanted to be an architect and so I…

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