Month: September 2018

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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Autoethnography and Narrated Experience


In my last blog post, I began to determine the topic for my independent autoethnography research project. I decided to research the topic J-Pop, more specifically J-Pop idol groups.

I discussed how for my data collection, I am going to live tweet my initial reactions of watching the music videos of pop idol group, Momoira Clover Z, and other idol groups that I decide to explore. The ability of my live tweets will enable me to identify the “epiphanies” of my research, the most remembered moments that have a significant impact of my understanding of the cultural text (Ellis et al, 2011). These epiphanies come from my own cultural background, things that stand out to me and that I can immediately draw relation or comparison to with my own experiences and cultural identity. Ellis et al (2011) outline how accomplishing this epiphany may require “comparing and contrasting personal experience against…

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Fumbling through anime, searching for animals

Some Spilt Ink

I have always been interested in representations of the animal within art and the media, and have previously analysed these depictions television shows like The Handmaids Tale (2017) to understand the societal attitudes towards farmed animals (Follow the link here to read). However, I have never seen such random representations of farm animals like the ones in Japanese anime. When I begun this project, I had no idea that I would be adventuring into a realm where intelligent, headless, plucked chickens with an agenda to take over the world, commit mass suicide. But, alas, I’m amongst it, and have stuck with my initial idea and run with it, albeit, quite shocked.

My introductory blog post firstly detailed my own experience with Indonesian and Japanese culture, with specific reference to being a vegan in those countries. I have become aware that I have a privilege that allows me to choose the…

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Webtoon 2: An update on autoethnographic research

We tell stories to stay connected.

The first few interactions with Webtoon show me that despite what I have known about Korean culture and Korean fan via past experience, Webtoon is a completely new realm. With this in mind, I started off the autoethnographic research about Korean Webtoon by writing my epiphanies.

“Epiphanies are remembered moments perceived to have significantly impacted the trajectory of a person’s life” (BOCHNER & ELLIS, 1992; COUSER, 1997; DENZIN, 1989)

In the research, Epiphanies are my thoughts on readings Webtoon as well as my interpretations of the Korean cultural products before going to analyse the cultural experience. Because the autoethnographic research serve the purpose of “helping insiders (cultural members) and outsiders (cultural strangers) better understand the culture (MASO, 2001). Even though I have got introduced about Webtoon as Korean soft power, I think my knowledge is lack of depth. Relying on the knowledge to write an analysis of the powerful…

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Uncovering China’s agenda for Ping-Pong

Diamond & Coal

Table Tennis is not for the faint-hearted, it is a sport of endurance, stamina and utter focus.

Sports presents itself in all forms and sizes, as an individual of the Western World I was not always aware of the extent of ping-pong. In Australia, I associate ping-pong with the legendary game of Beer Pong and a casual muck around with friends. In China, Table Tennis is the countries biggest sport. China is ranked number 1 in the world and holds the three top seats in the Men’s and Women’s leagues. Of China’s population, it is estimated that there are around 10 million citizens who regularly play the game. During the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games, a solid 300 million people of China tuned in to watch the mega show-down between China’s Table Tennis athletes Ma Lin vs. Wang Hao.

Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks…

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Representations of the animal in Asian film and television

Some Spilt Ink

I travelled to Indonesia in February of this year, and although I knew that it would be quite easy to find vegan food in a country that has historically lived-off soy products, rice and veggies, I was not prepared for the attitudes towards animals and their welfare.

Living in a small village, I witnessed the raw trading and slaughter of chickens which were pulled out of the make-shift carts by their wings and stuffed into small cages to await family slaughter. In some cases children in the village would play with them for a few days first.


Here in Australia, the process behind the meat we consume is so completely out of view that we forget that the abstracted pink, packaged meat actually was once an animal. In Indo, this reality was so stark and blatant and the villagers were not phased at all. Lame ponies pull carts double their…

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Part 2: Expanding on my AE experience & My DA!

Diversity, Communication & Culture

If you saw my last blog post on my initial autoethnographical experience with my new digital artefact, you would have seen that I’m interested in the art of Asian cooking shows on YouTube. Since that post I’ve made a video to test the ease and aesthetics of trying to make a video myself!

 It was a lot of fun to explore, and I look forward to experimenting more, but I understand that I am an Westerner (probably butchering a traditional soup recipe) attempting to recreate the aesthetics of a particular genre of cooking video. I can reflexively say that I am conducting this research experience as a white, female and young-adult living in upper-middle class Australian society.  To elaborate on this, Denzin (2003) proposed that “a civic, publicly responsible [auto] ethnography… addresses the central issues of self, race, gender, class, society, and democracy.” (p. 259 2006). Furthermore, drawing on Denzin (2003)…

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