Author: breakingin2016



Ellis et al (2001) states, “Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno)”. 

A term somewhat foreign to me, autoethnography, to my understanding, requires me to have a sound understanding of my cultural background and forces at play. In having this understanding, I am able to better unpack why I am experiencing a new culture in a certain manner.

Ellis recognises that “stories were complex, constitutive, meaningful phenomena that taught morals and ethics, introduced unique ways of thinking and feeling, and helped people make sense of themselves and others”. Therefore, mediums such as film are large conveyors of culture and understanding of culture. Film in this sense, I believe, can portray two things that at times can be simultaneous. Firstly, cultural structure and norms, the…

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State of Play – My cultural observation


In the coming weeks I will be analysing various films that are produced by and reflective of cultures different from my own. Having an understanding of my personal culture allows for me to interpret why I am receiving and reacting to the alternate culture in a certain way.

Cultural background is a broad term encompassing more than just ethnicity and I believe various sub-cultural groups are large influencers on our cultural identity. My ethnic background consists of Vietnamese on my dad’s side, and Anglo-Celtic Australian on my mum’s side. My upbringing was largely influenced by my Australian side and celebrations, meals and values I have been taught align with my mum’s family.

Other experiences have also shaped my worldview and general perception of situations. My consistent participation in high level women’s soccer has allowed me to strive for equal gendered rights and pay, to value physical health through a balanced…

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