Author: gracegoll




Growing up I considered myself a pop culture fiend; keeping up to date with the latest blockbuster films, listening to only the most mainstream music and being ‘in-the-know’ about all the latest trends and fashion.

Since learning about the process of autoethnography and expanding my experience with Asian culture, I now realise my years of being a ‘self-proclaimed pop culture expert’ lacked basic education about the background and inspiration for many popular culture works I still love today.

Akira (1988) sets place in World War III Neo-Tokyo and follows the journey of a teenage biker gang as they accidentally get caught up in a military project that plans to utilise telekinetic humans as weapons. (Cue Stranger Things intro)

Little did I know the extensive impact Akira had on introducing Japanese animation, food, art, and culture into Western civilisation.

While viewing Akira I began to draw similarities between the Japanese film…

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During my first Digital Asia class of the semester I was introduced to the world of Korean films with a screening of ‘The Host,’ a 2006 South Korean monster film directed by Bong Joon-ho and starring Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona and Go Ah-sung

Image result for the host 2006Going into my first class of the semester I didn’t know what to expect as I have had limited exposure to Asian culture growing up. I have only seen a handful of Asian films prior to our first class, with the majority of them demonstrating a strong Western influence so stepping into the world of Digital Asia is exciting and will undoubtedly be an eye-opening experience. Both my parents were born and raised in Australia and have had minimal travel experience, so growing up I lacked exposure to a variety of different cultures, which impacted on the way I…

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