I am very uncultured and inexperienced when it comes to Asian culture or any Asian really. I have yet to travel to any Asian countries and have found my life has been pretty sheltered from experiencing many other cultures within my upbringing. I found the only Asian influence and experiences I was gaining was through interactions at work and through the food I was consuming. However, while Asian culture hasn’t influenced much of my life through individuals the influence of food has been quite obvious. 

I thoroughly enjoy a variety of Asian foods, however, I feel I have only been exposed to the popular Asian foods that are throughout Australia such as sushi, Korean BBQ and Chinese takeaway, and I am aware that there are so many other foods, flavors and experiences I know I am missing out on. 

I feel I am an avid viewer of YouTube and find…

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  1. Hi Molly, I’m also interested in this area of Asian culture. As I said in my own post I used to think Mukbangs were odd and didn’t understand why anyone would watch them. Upon further investigation (research + personal viewing) I’ve realised it is really quite an interesting phenomenon. I also tend to be pretty mainstream with my food choices despite being half asian. I like how you mentioned the difference between Asian versus for example American Mukbanger’s such as the infamous Trisha in the gif you’ve used. I’m interested to know how you will be exploring the topic further, as well as why you think there are such vast differences in Mukbangs in their original Korean form and what they have become in ‘Western’ media?
    You could engage further with the auto-ethnographic process by asking yourself questions like ‘How have your opinions, norms and traditions with regards to food been shaped?’ “How do these factors affect your perceptions of foreign foods and foreign food culture?’ Ie; looking at what underpins your knowledge and beliefs and how these influence your thoughts and behaviours (Picard 2017).


  2. Hey Molly, I really found your blog post on the understanding of Mukbangs really interesting. Unlike you, I have been watching Mukbang for about 3 years from exposure from my younger sister. I too was interested in the compelling content and combined my love of food and television without having to eat any of it. It is an interesting fad to explore since there have been many variations of Mukbang including; making no sound and ASMR (which I still find very weird).
    I also liked that brought me into your world in order to “experience and experience” and you did that by trying to assimilate into the culture.
    The contrast between the American version of Mukbang and the Korean version was also an interesting point to mention as it is common for American media companies to borrow the ideas of Korean shows. Another example that I would like to mention is the show The Masked Singer which recently has been showed in Australia and America. It was originally a Korean variety show called King of the Masked Singer. It raises the issue of copyright in industry. Also, it raises the question of Are the Westerners cashing in on the Asian wave spreading worldwide??


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