Author: Ijumaa_is



In my last post, I wrote as therapeutic, as Ellis et al suggest, that kind of writing encouraged my “personal responsibility and agency, raising consciousness and promoting cultural change.” I feel that my last post was a perfect example of therapeutic writing as I related back to my personal experiences of a multicultural lifestyle.

It is interesting to observe how my investigations become structured by my own cultural framework. I find that my writing, rather consistently, takes the path of a personal narrative, Personal narratives are stories about authors who view themselves as the phenomenon and write evocative narratives specifically focused on their academic, research, and personal lives (e.g., BERRY, 2007; GOODALL, 2006; POULOS, 2008; TILLMANN, 2009). By the act of doing this blog post, it seems to me that I have to try and look at myself subjectively and analyse my previous work as if I was…

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Independent Auto Ethnographic Experience


Personally, I find it difficult to identify myself as belonging to a specific culture, as I grew up being witness to, and influenced by many. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Asia, in places such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. So, when it came to relating to movies in an ethnographic sense, I found that I could not describe my interpretations from one specific standpoint, save maybe Hollywood films.

Interestingly, even though I could be considered well-travelled, I had little to no understanding of cultural context. I’ve grown up consuming typically western media, so I do feel that my thinking falls more along the lines of the western world. I have been grateful for being able to interact with foreign films, it has been as if I am watching great movies starring ‘regular people’ which is an interesting feeling. Of course, I am aware of their fame…

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Screen Shot 2019-08-17 at 11.43.48 am.png“Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.”(Ellis, et al, 2011). This means that the way in which we veiw a culture is seen through our own perspective and cultural background.

Akira was a strange experience for me, also an irritating one, the film got nausiating towards the end. On top of this, I was limited to my own cultural experience and background, knowing nothing about Japan, I had little hope of grasping much. I had trouble relating to the film, which was probably the cause of my boredom. I did realise that Akira reflects a Japan that was filled with criminals and social evils both during and after world war II. I can appreciate that someone from Japan may be able to relate to this aspect due to the tragic wars of Japan’s…

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The Host: A reflection – BCM320


Today I had the privilege to watch my first Korean film, ‘The Host.’ Growing up I have experienced much of the world, due to my parent’s lifestyle. I have had the privilege of having an open mind and engaging with the world in a sensitive, thoughtful and artistic manner. I have only experienced quite a few places, but only a handful of Asian countries, China, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.

During the film, I feel that my cultural background allowed me to perceive the film as it was. I was actually quite interested in the style of filmmaking, as I am used to Hollywood films. I did not understand what the film was trying to communicate in its overall message. Perhaps due to my history classes in school, I drew a link between Agent Orange, used in the Vietnam war and the ‘Agent Yellow’ used to stop the monster in the…

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