Urban Farming in Asia: An Autoethnographical Analysis

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My recent foray into urban farming in Asia as part of an autoethnographic research project led to multiple epiphanies, unique to me through various personal contexts.

The autoethnographic research methodology I applied fit best with what Ellis et al. (2011) describes as layered accounts. This methodology emphasises ‘the procedural nature of research’, focusing on ‘the author’s experience alongside data, abstract analysis, and relevant literature’.

Charmaz (2008) states that simultaneous data collection and analysis encourage researchers to follow emergent leads systematically. These strategies include ‘comparing data, checking hunches, refining emerging ideas, and constructing abstract categories from data analysis’. Essentially, my interpretation and reaction to the autoethnographical field sites (logs, academic articles and youtube videos) was valuable information in itself, allowing me to steer my research in the direction my epiphanies took me.

I never had a close interest in farming; while it runs in my family, there is a geographical disconnect between…

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