The Host Review

In the first week of BCM320, we watched a Korean horror, thrill film, The Host (2006). Now, before we discuss my understanding of the film, I would like to tell you the Asian culture related experience in my life.

As a Chinese who is studying in Australia, my cultural background definitely influence the way I proceed with the movie.
Here are some examples:
my family used to sit around a table and make dumplings together for the most festival;
I used to play XiangQi (Chinese chess) as a kid with my grandfather instead of playing the Monopoly;
and when I was in primary school, we were asked to practice calligraphy around age 7.

Apart from my experience as being Chinese, I also have encountered the Korean wave and Japanese soft power.

When I was in primary school, our local TV channel broadcast Japanese animation(cartoon) every day in lunchtime and after…

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  1. Hey,
    I thought this post was really interesting due to your close proximity to Korea and how your exposure to this culture and media has stemmed from a much younger age (especially in comparison to me who has only just experienced it!). I find it crazy that your school actually broadcasted Japanese anime during school, I don’t think my primary school even had many TVs. Also, it’s interesting that you learnt Japanese through watching these animations!

    I love that when you talk about the Korean wave it really is just like that, a wave sweeping through your country with stalls and TV programmes. I do wonder if here in Australia we’ve ever been hit with a cultural wave as such, or if there’s just such an international influence here we couldn’t pick out one.

    I personally didn’t watch The Host (I was sick) so it makes it hard for me to completely understand your experience, but this may also be better as I’m only seeing the moving through the autoethnography you’ve given me. I think it definitely says a lot about your Chinese values on family, the fact that you paid much attention to the family bond and not to the monster being killed. I also really like how you’ve drawn out the meaning of the characters, that maybe they’re representations of different Korean generations, I would have never been able to extract information like that. From what I have read and learnt about Korea (and as you’ve said China too), your description about the grandfather seems pretty spot on.

    Just for next time, I would say maybe delve a bit more into the themes of the movie rather than just the characters. Also, try combine your cultural background and experience, and the movie, in a comparison as to how you’ve received the movie, instead of having both separate. This makes for a better explanation as to why you’re interpreting elements of the movie the way you are.

    Here’s a link explaining a bit more about the relevance of the movie, especially in modern day, which I think helps understand that themes within it may be timeless representations of Korean culture.

    Look forward to reading more of your work!


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