Author: georgiavandevorst

The process: An update on Autoethnographic skincare.

Georgia Mercedes van de vorst

My field site has been determined. What now?

Throughout my most recent years of becoming a young adult and being able to buy what I want with my hard earned money, makeup and skincare products have sort of become my favourite. I personally think there is no better feeling than taking a fresh product out of the packaging for the first time and giving it a test run. What will it feel like? How will it smell? It is questions like these that will help me to further understand my autoethnographic experience while delving into the world of Korean Skincare. I will be using personal experience to illustrate facets of cultural experience (Ellis, 2011).

I am currently in the process of gathering my data, researching the history and finalising which direction I would like to take this assignment in.  I would described my approach to this topic as being “committed to…

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Korean Skincare – An Autoethnographic Approach

Georgia Mercedes van de vorst

The benefits of Korean skincare is highly talked about in Australia, and is increasingly becoming more popular. Korean Skincare is said to focus on having a higher concentration than most Australian skincare products and focus mainly on prevention and hydration – the idea that skin problems should be prevented before they appear. This vastly differs from the U.S and Australia skincare routines, in which the ‘problem’ does not become a problem until it appears. It is clear that over centuries Korean women have built up a system to contribute to their flawless skin, and it is their amazing skin that has made women all over the world want to know their skincare secrets.

“There is so much interest in skin and body care, customers are not satisfied easily, and the trend moves so fast.”

The Korean skincare scene is something that has become a global phenomenon, and many western cultures…

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Autoethno-georgia-raphy

Georgia Mercedes van de vorst

Let’s begin with….A person, who has little or not experience watching any sort of Japanese cartoon or animation, watching a Japanese animation. This was me today. The only exposure I’ve ever had to any form of Japanese cartoons was waking up too early on Sunday mornings and being stuck watching Yu Gi Oh, and even then I was not paying attention with great detail and would rather have been watching Hannah Montana.

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So let me tell you, I was shook. To sum up my experience of watching Akira, the first word that comes to mind is weird. It was a mixture of violent, graphic and confronting red, blue and yellow while still grabbing your attention through the storyline and I was not prepared for it.

And I completely understand why. Autoethnography is a whole process of learning and understanding a much bigger experience. A clever compilation of Autobiography and Ethnography…

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My first attempt at understanding and culturally interpreting a movie in a different language…

Georgia Mercedes van de vorst

Have you ever tried to scroll through various social media platforms on your mobile device while also attempting to watch a movie or TV show at the same time? You either end up missing the entire storyline of what you are watching or you end up just holding your phone in your hand, unlocked, not even looking at it while you stare at the TV. Years of this recurring situation in my life prepared me for my first live tweeting experience. And to put a nice little twist on it, the film we were living tweeting was in a foreign language.

In terms of my heritage, both my parents were born in Australia, although my Dad was raised in the Netherlands, as were his parents. It all gets very confusing because my Dads parents(my Grandparents) were also born in Australia yet raised in the Netherlands. Now that we have established…

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