Author: mishagold

What The Horror: Analysing My Auto-Ethnographic Methodologies


Following on from my previous blog post, where I discussed my reasoning behind my chosen topic for my digital artefact, this blog post will focus on analysing my auto-ethnographic methodologies I intend to use for this project.

As Ellis, Adams and Bochner explain in their overview of auto-ethnography, “auto-ethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse (graphy) personal experience (auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno).” (Ellis et al, 2011) For my research project, I will be analysing my experience with Japanese horror films in an attempt to understand the culture of the Japanese film industry.

jhorror film posters Three of the films I will be watching. Source: IMDb

I originally chose this topic because I thought it would be a fun way of exploring something I never thought I would experience. However, after conducting my…

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Get Ready, Get Set, Get Spooked: An Auto-Ethnographic Dive into Japanese Horror Films.


When it comes to Asian culture, I’m pretty well versed in some areas. I’ve grown up being exposed to Japanese media culture, through games and television shows, as well as food that my Asian friends have introduced me to. For the most part, these interests have continued on to the present day. Thus, I was struggling to think of an aspect of Asian culture that I’m interested in, yet haven’t explored.

Enter, Japanese horror films.

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Why have I chosen this topic?

While I have watched a few horror films in my life, they weren’t exactly the most pleasant experience. My mother is a horror film buff and she’s always casually watching them at home while doing household chores. That trait hasn’t exactly transferred to me. Watching a scary movie always results in sleepless nights, consisting of constantly glancing over at the end of my bed and never leaving…

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Screening of Akira: Auto-Ethnography


This week we continued the BCM320 screening saga, and watched the anime classic, Akira (1988). This isn’t the first time I’ve experienced anime; like many, I grew up watching Sailor Moon and Pokémon, as well as some Studio Ghibli films. I’ve also used my brother’s Crunchyroll account to delve into some more recent anime – as basic as it sounds, Attack on Titan is a personal favourite.

However, while I know that anime can sometimes get confusing and graphic, I wasn’t quite prepared for how confusing and graphic Akira would be. I’m not going to lie, I had no idea what was going on. After many hours of reflection, and a reading of the plot summary on Wikipedia, I still have not fully grasped the themes of this film. My live-tweets reflect this rather well.

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Screening of Godzilla: My Reflection


For our first ever BCM320 Seminar, we strapped in to experience the cultural phenomenon that is Gojira, more widely known as the original Godzilla film. As a class we were told to live-tweet the experience, which I’ll admit, was a bit of a struggle considering we also had to pay attention to the subtitles. It turned out to be pretty much what I expected; almost 2 hours of dated, albeit entertaining, special effects and sound design. However, through reading other people’s comments on the film, as well as researching the film itself, the seminar turned out to be way more of a history lesson than I was prepared for.

When it comes to my cultural background, I’m about as Australian as it gets. I haven’t explored but my understanding is that my family came from Europe way back when and have resided here ever since. I have travelled…

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