The Host: Reflection

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Ethnography involves studying a culture’s beliefs, values and practices by building familiarity with a given group of individuals and practicing reflexivity. This involves critically examining how one’s own cultural, personal, political, or ideological biases affect how one relates to and conducts research within the field. Ying -Syuan Huang, for example, reflected on how her Taiwanese educational development influenced her interest in understanding the discourse around science education in Taiwan.

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As Ying-Syuan Huang’s upbringing influenced her attraction to science education, I acknowledge the personal and cultural biases I brought to the viewing of The Host. Although I’m not of Asian descent and likely did not connect as much to the film as somebody else, I’m well versed in my love for Korean media. I’ve invested countless hours into my love for K-Dramas, K-Pop, K-Hip-Hop, and have watched my fair share of Korean romcoms (with the exception of Train To…

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  1. Hey Hannah, I’ve enjoyed reading through your post as you presented your own autoethnographic approach upon reflecting your consumption of Korean films and other forms of entertainment outlets. When reading, I noticed you’ve already subconsciously discussed a bunch of topics that could be further researched through autoethnographic methods, such as; your gravitation towards Asian media forms, the power and authority of Western culture on Eastern countries, and even the suicide attempts at Han river in comparison that can be compared against other countries with high rates/statistics which you might want to consider for your DA.

    I encountered an article which raises the awareness of the Korean landscape in media and how it has been brought into the mainstream of Western culture and thought you might benefit from what it has to offer: In the article they provide a list of must-see Korean films which hold of significant value. I suggest maybe watching a couple of these to further your interest in Korean content that pertain to the nation’s economy and pop culture.

    Keep providing these great insights and personal experiences to the table in order to bring out your autoethnographic epiphanies which you may learn from.


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