Author: emkoletti

Experience Asia; A final post on my Ethnographic project

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Throughout this ethnographic project, I have been producing a photo journal of my day trips to different landmarks and locations in Sydney and Wollongong. These particular locations are influenced by the Asian culture and have in some way educated their audience through the heritage and history of each place. Since the beginning of this project, I aimed to study a culture’s ‘relational practices, common values and beliefs, shared experiences…to better understand the culture’ as written in the (Ellis et al. 2011) reading. This experience has allowed me to appreciate and recognise the diverse cultures we have in Australia, through the method of becoming a participant observer. I was able to understand this more through my passion for photography as I captured the sites I visited. I took over 100 photos at each destination but unfortunately was not able to upload that many on my Tumblr page and there was not…

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An Auto-Ethnographic Project

Asian Gaming For Dummies


Commercial gaming began in the 1950’s as a niche interest, it then moved on to be a feature in social situations (restaurants and arcades), to home gaming systems like Atari and is now one of the biggest and most profitable industries in the world thanks to the infiltration of PC’s in the home throughout the past 15 or so years. The East Asian subcontinent is the largest gaming market in the world – the Asian Pacific region being worth an estimated $51.2 billion USD. Gamers in this region first used gaming as a method of stress relief (living in a high pressure society) but gaming, in particular ‘ESports’ has now become one of the largest ‘competitive’ sports in Asia, and is on track to become a medal event in the 2022 Asian Games.


Emily G: The main gaming consoles I grew up with were Gameboys, Nintendo DS and…

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My autoethnographic update on ‘Experience Asia’

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Since my last post I have visited the Nan Tien Temple and the Chinese Garden of Friendship and been able to immerse myself with the Asian culture and understand the history of these admired locations.

I’ve been able to get a heap of photos of these beautiful locations and take my friends and family for a day out. As I do some research before I see the attraction, I am able to pass on what I have found out to my friends and family. Exploring these iconic destinations with other people allows me to share the experience, educating others on some of the Asian influences in Australia. It baffles me how little people know about each place, having heard of the locations, but never actually going to visit them on a day out or researching about the history of them.

I have a whole list of places I need to…

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An independent project

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When I began to think about my independent research project for Digital Asia, I automatically thought about travel, I tend to relate a lot of my work in regards to travel as this is what I’m passionate about; the learning and experience of different cultures, their traditions, norms and values. I am also a photographer which allows me to put travel and taking photos together in my digital artefact. I have been taking photos since I got my first camera at 12 years of age, and eventually understood more than using just a point and shoot camera. I started capturing more quality shots and some nice landscape photos which I can show through the photos I take in my digital artefact. Through this I am using something familiar to me and making it a little bit unfamiliar as I explore a new culture and society.

I decided to start researching…

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Auto-ethnography and Akira- a new experience

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During this week’s live tweeting we watched the Japanese animation film Akira (1988). This film explores themes in association to war, government corruption, experimentation and loss of humanity, much like our previous screening of Gojira. The last few weeks my understanding of Asian culture through films has increased and has made me understand their culture a lot more than I did initially. The concept of auto-ethnography; an approach to research and writing which combines autobiography with ethnography, (using personal experience to understand a cultural experience) is further looked at this week. During the screening of Akira, I wrote notes, live tweeted and engaged with this new experience.

The film was made in 1988 but I would have assumed it was more recent as the plot, the characters, their personalities and the themes are still relevant today. “After twenty-five years, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira still inspires awe.” Akira educates Westerners as it provides us…

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Gojira (Godzilla) 1954

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Auto-ethnography, as described by Ellis (2001) is “an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.” Today, I had my first auto-ethnographical experience with Japanese media through the film Gojira (Godzilla) 1954. In fact, it was the first black and white film I have watched from start to finish.

As my childhood consisted of light hearted, adventure films over black and white Japanese movies, the cinematography of this film is dramatically different to what I’m used to and my understanding of Asian culture is clearly limited. In saying that, by growing up watching these modern, westernised films, the variations of cultures that exist are obvious; not only in films but the lifestyle in which we live. I believe our personal context can influence how you interpret things and these international films give us an insight to a certain…

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