Independent Auto Ethnographic Experience

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Personally, I find it difficult to identify myself as belonging to a specific culture, as I grew up being witness to, and influenced by many. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Asia, in places such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. So, when it came to relating to movies in an ethnographic sense, I found that I could not describe my interpretations from one specific standpoint, save maybe Hollywood films.

Interestingly, even though I could be considered well-travelled, I had little to no understanding of cultural context. I’ve grown up consuming typically western media, so I do feel that my thinking falls more along the lines of the western world. I have been grateful for being able to interact with foreign films, it has been as if I am watching great movies starring ‘regular people’ which is an interesting feeling. Of course, I am aware of their fame…

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