Author: Natasha West

The narrated experience: An overview

Natasha West

In this weeks blog post I will be analysing my narrated experience detailed in my last blog post (which can be read here) about my independent research project and relating this to Ellis et al (2011) reading using autoethnography methodology.

For my research project I decided on the concept of Indonesia cuisine, however, I wanted to focus specifically on Indonesian breakfast foods. When you think about Indonesian food a lot of people would be able to name a few dishes and have a general idea of what their food entails, but when you think about Indonesian breakfast you’re a bit stumped on ideas aren’t you? This sparked an epiphany.

Over the past few weeks and research, I have conducted surrounding my project I have used the methodology of autoethnography. Autoethnography explained by Ellis, Adams, and Bochner (2011) is

a method of research that allows one to systematically…

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Breakfast time?: Independent Autoethnographic Research Project

Natasha West

Prior to enrolling in BCM320 Digital Asia, I had a sufficient amount of knowledge about Asian Culture due to the fact I had lived in Singapore for 8 years. However, over the past few weeks enrolled in BCM320, I have gained a large amount of in-depth knowledge about Asian cultures, more than I had previously known. I do believe the concept of auto-ethnography has assisted me with learning more about Asia and Asian culture. Through this approach I systematically analysed my own personal experiences from living in Singapore to try and relate them in understanding other cultural experiences throughout Digital Asia.

My Research Project

When I was thinking about my research project I started to brainstorm what I would be interested in research. I often spend a bit of time on Pinterest looking for recipes to cook, then I started to think about Asian food and began looking at dishes…

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Experiencing Akira (1988)

Natasha West

During this weeks seminar, we discussed the research approach of autoethnography, which is a research method that systematically analyses a personal experience to understand a cultural experience (Ellis, C, Adams TE & Bochner, AP 2011) as well as we discussed the renowned anime film Akira (1988).

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My first experience watching anime was when I lived in Singapore about 8 years ago. My next-door neighbor loved anime; I remember she would always put on her favorite TV show ‘InuYasha’. I would always be captivated by the story and never be able to look away. She even had every book about InuYasha that I would sometimes read. However, my friend moved away and I never had much experience anime after that.

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Akira was set in the future of 2019 representing a dystopian version of the Japanese capital, Tokyo. The film is packed with gruesome daring…

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Gojira (Godzilla)

Natasha West

During the first seminar of the semester for BCM320, we discussed the concept of auto-ethnography and were required to live tweet during a screening of the 1954 Japanese classic GojiraI will admit, watching a movie while trying to read subtitles and live tweeting all at the same time was a lot harder than I expected. However, the black and white classic film itself was an interesting experience that I enjoyed.

I have never seen Godzilla, or any adaptions of the film, so watching Gojira was a new experience for me, I even did some googling to understand more of the plot, this lead me to find an interesting fact on how Godzilla’s roar was created, it was not done by using animal noises but was created by music composer Akira Ifukube, by taking a string off of his contrabass and rubbing it with gloves soaked in pine tar. The…

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