Analysing a Narrated Experience – China’s Stock Markets

homebrew drafts.

So far, my autoethnographic account of navigating and trading on the stock markets in Shanghai and Hong Kong (via a share market simulator, I should make clear from the outset) has so far explored the alien nature of these markets compared to my limited experience with both the Sinophone world and the international financial sector. Ellis et al. (2011) details that the ‘thick descriptions’ of an aesthetic autoethnography driven by narrative conventions can be edited for clarity, yet a failure to offer any new observations on one’s personal experience hamper the effectiveness of the piece.

As such, I’m uncomfortably realising that much of Australia’s attitude to China is driven by some implicit xenophobia about some monolithic Chinese conspiracy. This includes some of my own reactions to certain Chinese stocks – reactions along the lines of “Wow! That’s a funny sounding name!” did come up every now and again, despite…

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