Author: homebrewdrafts

Currently studying a double degree of Communication & Media Studies and Arts (International Relations) at the University of Wollongong. Infrequent politics writer.

My Final Experience of Share Trading in China

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My digital artefact document and summarised my experience of trading shares on stock exchanges in China, specifically on those in Hong Kong and Shanghai, by means of a podcast. I utilised a share trading game to prevent risking any capital, and researched my purchases (using a fictional US$1,000,000) through stock exchange databases and the South China Morning Post to locate shares with proven growth and experience the differing investment environment of a communist country. A secondary goal was to actually make some profit on these shares – as indicated below, this was not successful.

end 2 Value of shares as of 25 October 2018. 6-digit symbols are listed on the SEHK, 4-digit symbols are listed on the SSE.

Locating shares to purchase for the project, irrespective of whether the share was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK) or the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), required the use of either an English-language newspaper…

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Analysing a Narrated Experience – China’s Stock Markets

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So far, my autoethnographic account of navigating and trading on the stock markets in Shanghai and Hong Kong (via a share market simulator, I should make clear from the outset) has so far explored the alien nature of these markets compared to my limited experience with both the Sinophone world and the international financial sector. Ellis et al. (2011) details that the ‘thick descriptions’ of an aesthetic autoethnography driven by narrative conventions can be edited for clarity, yet a failure to offer any new observations on one’s personal experience hamper the effectiveness of the piece.

As such, I’m uncomfortably realising that much of Australia’s attitude to China is driven by some implicit xenophobia about some monolithic Chinese conspiracy. This includes some of my own reactions to certain Chinese stocks – reactions along the lines of “Wow! That’s a funny sounding name!” did come up every now and again, despite…

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Speculative Science! Autoethnography and China’s Stock Market

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Since March, I’ve started investing in shares on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). I figure that it offers me just as much (if not more) stability and better returns than my pitiful amount of superannuation, plus I can research exactly where my money is going. Sure, it’s risky, but my research and luck have served me well thus far. However, I’d never given any thought to international investing of any kind, let alone going all-in on the idea of share trading as outright gambling until two incidents in the last month or so really got my attention.

The first was that a friend of my dad’s from overseas tipping me off to a decent share he wanted to buy, but was unable to due to Australian restrictions on international investors. There’s a surprisingly robust system in place to approve overseas investors in Australia, but it had never occurred to…

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Autoethnography and Akira

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It is a crying shame that I haven’t had the pleasure of watching Akira (1988) until this week – when students undertaking this subject last year viewed it, my understanding of the film was so lacking that I likened it to Tron, purely because both had cool motorbikes. I’ve also previously dismissed anime as being limited to cartoons that sell toys – Studio Ghibli being the only exception, being more of an art form.

Oh, how I underestimated this film.

In processing Akira, however, I wasn’t alone in using other films to make sense of the jarring visual style of the film. although my choices varied drastically to that of other students. Being a sci-fi buff as a kid clearly turned me into a repository of niche references – there were more Toy Story and Stranger Things…

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Reflections on Godzilla

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In 2013, I had the pleasure of taking part in a high school homestay trip to Japan. Whilst the entire experience was something I’ll never forget, one part always sticks out for me, although not because it wasn’t enjoyable.

The experience I’m referring to was a day trip to Hiroshima. I’ll give you three guesses as to what we spent the day doing.

I was one of the few students who didn’t cry on whilst at the Hiroshima Peace Park. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen war sites and monuments commemorating mass atrocity before – my parents had taken me to Ypres, scarcely an hour away from Antwerp, the Belgian city where the bulk of my mother’s family hails from, just the previous year. So when it comes to non-English films such as Honda’s 1954 Gojira, I’m fairly comfortable. As well as this, I studied Japanese at seven years…

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