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My Autoethnography Journey

Dejana Ristic

Doing Autoethnography: The Process

As Ellis et al (2011) establish in their study, an autoethnography is an outlook to research and writing that aims to report and systematically analyse (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to interpret cultural experience (ethno).

Through my independent research project I aim to undertake an Autoethnographic research approach through the analysis of my personal cultural experience and drawing experience, in order to interpret a Vietnamese cultural experience.

As Ellis et al (2011) further establish throughout their study, throughout the Autoethnographic process the author writes about previous experiences. The author addresses experiences he has not necessarily lived through.

 Ellis et al (2011) also determine that autobiographers write about epiphanies, which are known as remembered moments comprehended to have significantly had an effect on the course of a person’s life, times of existential crises that obliged a person to attend to and analyse lived experience and…

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Independent research project: Vietnamese cultural art

Dejana Ristic

Throughout these past 5 weeks of attending BCM320 Seminars I have learnt a lot about Digital Asia and autoethnography. In short, a recap of what I have learnt is that autoethnography is a process of encountering personal experience in order to understand other cultural experiences.

I find it interesting to learn about another culture, other than my own. Being multilingual myself, belonging to the Australian culture as well as Serbian culture has opened a whole new, wider experience for myself. In comparison to some of my friends that only speak one language. It has enabled me to be apart of two completely different worlds, with different cultures, social norms and attitudes towards certain aspects of life. Being raised within the Serbian culture and growing up with those norms and attending Australian school and learning the Australian culture and norms, has made my world quite unique and a different experience to…

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‘Akira’ (1988) and autoethnography

Dejana Ristic

When I first heard of the concept ‘autoethnography’ I thought it was quite complex and possibly even difficult to understand. I was introduced to the concept in my second year subject BCM241, where I learnt that the concept is not at all what I had in mind.


Akira (1988)

Autoethnography is an approach that ‘analyses (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno).’  As Ellis, Adams & Bochner clarified most often autobiographer’s write about epiphanies, which refers to ‘moments that are perceived to have significantly impacted the trajectory of a person’s life’.

I don’t watch anime or manga myself, however when I realised that this weeks screening would be ‘Akira’ I was quite fascinated and was looking forward to watching it.

Akira (1988) Trailer

After having watched the screening in class, Akira was not at all what I was expecting. I was very…

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Auto ethnographic experience of the ‘Gojira’ (1954) screening

Dejana Ristic

Hi, welcome back to my blog.

As I entered my first seminar of the class BCM 320 ‘Digital Asia’ to be honest with you, I didn’t quite know what to expect. As it turns out, we were engaging in the screening of the 1954 Gojira classic whilst interacting with live tweeting through the hash tag #BCM320. I haven’t done anything like this before. For me this was quite an interesting, confronting and a little confusing at first, however joyful experience. In todays post I will be discussing my personal experience viewing the screening of the 1954 ‘Gojira’ classic.

Trailer: Gojira (1954)

During the live tweeting I decided to Google some facts and background information on the film, in order to engage my audience and inform myself on the context behind the classic. I usually don’t watch black and white films, however I enjoyed this one, it was something different…

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