Author: Ray Nguyen

This is blog collection for my Communication and Media Studies. I hope to receive constructive feedback from you in order to publish better blogs in the long term.

Autoethnography: Japanese Horror Movie

Autoethnography: Japanese Horror Movie (continued)

Ray Nguyen

‘Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze personal experience in order to understand cultural experience’ (Ellis et al 2011)

In this blog, I will be analysing my narrated experience detailed in my previous blog post, which outlined my data collection regarding Japanese horror films and how it is structured by my own cultural framework.

The selection of my field site, Japanese horror movies, was based on an epiphany I had when I was a kid and spending a lot of time watching some horror movies from China, Korea and Japan. My first impression about Japanese horror movies is that they are very similar to East and South East Asian horror films. I think it is because there is some similarity in cultural tradition and religion, between Japan and other countries in the region, which is Buddhism. Besides, most of the Japanese horror…

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Independent Digital Asia Autoethnography

Digital Asia Autoethnography Research: Japanese Horror

Ray Nguyen

Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.

This week in Digital Asia seminar, I am tasked to explore a Digital Asia topic of my choice via an autoethnographic approach. Determining a field site of Asian media for the autoethnographic experience is not difficult at all for me. As mentioned in previous blog posts, I am from an Asian background. Since my childhood, I have been exposed to a multitude of Asian media types, especially East Asian media such as Kpop, Anime, Japanese Manga, Chinese drama, etc. However, I would like to investigate a field site that I have heard of, yet unfamiliar with: Japanese Horror Movies.

I specifically choose to explore Japanese Horror Movies because I have always been into watching horror movies since I was a little kid. Over the past few years…

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Auto-ethnographic methodology and the complexity of Akira (1988)

Ray Nguyen

“Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience” (Ellis, et al, 2011). In simpler words, the way we view a culture is reflected on our own perspective and cultural background.

Come to think of it, I did have a chance to practice autoethnographic methodology last week as I used my personal framework and cultural background to reflect on my understanding about a Japanese film, Gojira. When I watched that film in class, I was searching for the similarity between Japanese pop culture and my own culture and simultaneously analysing those cultural values that I have already been familiar with to understand the meaning of this foreign film, despite the language barrier that existed in the film itself.

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The original symbol of Godzilla

Ray Nguyen

In week 1 of live tweeting, we explored an old Japanese black and white action film, Gojira (1954). As a big fan of Godzilla films made by Hollywood, I was surprised to know that this Japanese film was the very first one, or should I say, the original ‘Godzilla” film in this franchise. The main story of the film is about an enormous monster infected by nuclear radiation known as Godzilla.

Godzilla is one of the most recognisable symbols of Japanese popular culture worldwide and remains an important facet of Japanese films. This is the first time I have ever experienced live tweeting and I find it interesting to do that during the film as it makes it easy for me to interact with other classmates about the film.

One thing I find it hard to keep up with this film is the language barrier. I realised that it was not just me who…

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