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Autoethnography & Akira (1988)

MILLIE SWAIN

Autoethnography is a form of research “that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.” (Ellis et al. 2011).

The concept of autoethnography is underpinned by the idea that research is not value free and is influenced by the personal, social and cultural experiences of those doing the research.

According to Ellis et al. (2011), the theory is grounded in the “crisis of confidence” inspired by postmodernism in the 1980s which prompted a resistance to colonialist approaches to research and introduced opportunities to reform social science. It resists the ‘objective’, ‘neutral’ and ‘universal’ narratives that these power structures produced, and instead acknowledges the complex relationships between authors, audiences, and texts.

As Pitard (2017) would say, for a reader to trust
the perspective of a qualitative researcher, “the disclosure of the
researcher’s position in relation to the data is vital.”

As a method, ethnographic research requires…

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‘The Host’ (2006): A personal response

MILLIE SWAIN

Prior to the screening of ‘The Host’ (2006), I had never ventured into Asian media. Additionally, I had never live-tweeted a film screening. My initial expectations were low as I predicted I would struggle to follow the film whilst concentrating on tweeting my thoughts throughout the screening.

‘The host’ (2006) is a Korean horror film directed by Bong Joon-Ho. The film follows the story of an everyday Korean family, who dedicate themselves to finding their youngest relative Hyun-Seo who was taken by a monster in the Han river.

The premise of the film was derived from a real life incident known as the “McFarland Incident”, when a U.S military employee released roughly 470 bottles of formaldehyde into the Han river, from which the monster is presumed to have grown. (AsianWiki, 2016)

My initial predictions were wrong, as I thoroughly enjoyed the comedic horror and found it easy to…

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