Ellis describes autoethnography as “an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze (graphy)personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno).”
I will be reflecting on my previous blog post, a narrated experience which outlined my data collection regarding Japanese bentos. I will be using Ellis and other sources to analyse my autoethnographic experience with bentos, and thus, how my own cultural framework structured my data collection.
The selection of my field site, making bentos, was based upon an epiphany I had while reflecting on my time studying Japanese in high school. I remembered two things standing out to me: that Japanese students often had to stay back after school to help clean, and that they had had delicious looking lunches served in boxes with multiple compartments: Bentos.
Epiphanies guide the autoethnographic process…
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