Author: Hey, Honey!

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Fashion in Korea: Digital Artefact and Contextual Essay

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Digital Artefact

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Contextual Essay

Autoethnographic Methodology and Field Sites

Due to time, money, and commitment restraints, I was not able to visit a physical environment in which Korean fashion is truly represented (e.g. Korea). While throughout Sydney there are stores that sell Korean inspired fashion, I believed that an online environment would be able to give me a greater insight on the experiences shared by those interested and experienced in the field of Korean fashion. To rectify this, I decided to use various Korean fashion (or Korean fashion inspired) websites, as well as watching a series of vlogs, documentation, and runway footage from Seoul Fashion Week from 2017 up until 2019. By using an online field site instead of a physical one, I am not restricted in my time dedicated to analyzing patterns in cultural artifacts and the way cultural participants engage with the fashion scene, which Ellis (2011)…

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The Journey To J-Rock (Thanks To Makoto Shinkai)

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My previous blog post, which you can view here, discussed my initial exposure to J-Rock, and Makoto Shinkai’s works as a starting point. By using a reading from Ellis et al. (2011) and Hokkanen (2017), I intend to analyse how some components of the autoethnographic process are explored in the blog post and/or my encounter. 

I loved anime as a teen, so when an opportunity to see Kimi No Na Wa in Australian cinemas presented itself, I couldn’t pass it up. I hadn’t encountered a lot of J-Rock prior to seeing the movie, but I’d loved multiple songs from bands I was exposed to from the morning show SBS PopAsia. Up until sixteen or seventeen, I hadn’t even heard of K-Pop, let alone J-Rock or anything that wasn’t pop or 80’s/90’s music. I wasn’t even interested in J-Pop, even though it was present in most of the shows I watched…

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Makoto Shinkai and My Introduction to J-Rock

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One of the avenues that led to my encounter with Asian rock music was the weekly music program, SBS PopAsia, which played on SBS at around 9am on Sunday. PopAsia not only screened K-Pop, but also music from Cantonese, Japanese and Malaysian idols and bands. Korean rock bands like Day6 and FTISLAND slowly began to catch my eye with each new release, and coaxed me onto the path to exploring the J-Rock scene. I became enthralled with bands like Mrs. Green Apple, Spyair, and Sekai No Owari.

A more recent epiphany I had regarding my engagement with the Japanese Rock scene began when Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) was released in cinemas in 2016. For those who are unfamiliar, Your Name follows the story of Taki, a high school student who lives in the city, and Mitsuha, a high school girl who learns for a life outside the countryside…

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Akira: An Ethnographic Reflection

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Coming to the screen of Akira, I was prepared. I had a list of discussion points and factual tweets to present, and was ready to engage in the live tweeting session. By bringing preprepared things I’d learnt to the live tweeting session had allowed me to focus more on the film, and engage with my classmates who had discovered the same, or similar concepts that connected to their ethnographic study.

This post aims to describe and ’systemically analyze’ the personal experiences that have shaped my experience and interpretation of the cultural film Akira (1988), and provide an ‘insider’s perspective’, a core component of analytical autoethnography (as determined by Anderson…

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The Host: Reflection

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Ethnography involves studying a culture’s beliefs, values and practices by building familiarity with a given group of individuals and practicing reflexivity. This involves critically examining how one’s own cultural, personal, political, or ideological biases affect how one relates to and conducts research within the field. Ying -Syuan Huang, for example, reflected on how her Taiwanese educational development influenced her interest in understanding the discourse around science education in Taiwan.

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As Ying-Syuan Huang’s upbringing influenced her attraction to science education, I acknowledge the personal and cultural biases I brought to the viewing of The Host. Although I’m not of Asian descent and likely did not connect as much to the film as somebody else, I’m well versed in my love for Korean media. I’ve invested countless hours into my love for K-Dramas, K-Pop, K-Hip-Hop, and have watched my fair share of Korean romcoms (with the exception of Train To…

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