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Reflecting on my Narrated Experience: Asian Selfie Apps

No Frills Neil

Following on my previous blog post [x], my auto-ethnographic research will continue towards exploring Asian selfie apps.

Following an auto-ethnographic process as outlined by Ellis. Ellis states autobiographers write about epiphanies, these epiphanies are a part of the auto-ethnographic process. Ellis states that “they must use personal experience to illustrate facets of cultural experience, and, in so doing, make characteristics of a culture familiar for insiders and outsiders.” My narrated experience was filled with epiphanies. I was constantly using my personal experience to illustrate and understand the different facets of these Asian selfie apps in the light of my auto-ethnographic research. Furthermore, as stated by Frank Wall, “autoethnography has been used as a way of telling a story that invites personal connection rather than analysis”. I have utilised my initial reactions and epiphanies as a means to tell a story rather than analyse my narrated experience.

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No Frills Neil

Deciding to think what field site of Asian media that I could approach in an autoethnographic approach was quite difficult, to say the least. I wouldn’t say my knowledege of Asian media is extensive. As mentioned before in other previous blog posts [x][x], I come from a Filipino-Australian background. I have encountered several facets of Asian culture through aspects like Kdrama, Kpop, Anime, Fandoms, Food, TV shows/reality. However I wanted to choose a field site that was totally out of my comfort zone. As someone who does not take selfies or even have any social media with uploaded selfies, I decided to endeavour into the phenonemon of Asian selfie apps.

Now that has been established, this has brought me to my Digital Artefact. Why did I specifically choose Asian selfie apps as a field site? Well in the recent years, I’ve developed an interest in Korea…

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An Auto-ethnographic Approach: ‘Akira’ 1954

No Frills Neil

This week of Digital Asia, we screened the Japanese animated film ‘Akira’ 1988.  I will say that I have heard of the film and the reputation it has built up, but I have never seen it until this week. Also part of this week we endeavoured into the concept of auto ethnography, so as part of this I took the initiative in understanding Akira as a cultural text through an auto ethnographic approach.

“Auto ethnography 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). Being Filipino-Australian, I hold both an Asian and Western cultural context that stem from my upbringing and the clash of both my cultural backgrounds. In the case of the film ‘Akira’, through my personal experience, I am familiar with most aspects of the film. I can draw the similarities…

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Week 1: Gojira (1954) – Cultural and Personal Framework

No Frills Neil

This week of Digital Asia, we screened the classic 1954 film ‘Gojira’, I exemplified my interaction and immersion of the film through live-tweeting, which is a means I have encountered before in BCM325. Although I have already experienced live-tweeting, I would definitely say I did struggle in both tweeting and understanding the film at the same time.

As a full Filipino-Australian, my experience with Asian media can be attributed from early childhood, from listening to Kpop, to watching Anime and Asian dramas and comedies. I would definitely say I am a fan of Asian media and culture, specifically mainstream Korean and Japanese media – music and films. However my knowledge of Asian war history is quite deplorable to say the least. So when we screened the film Gojira (1954) I was definitely excited, yet nervous as to how I could approach and tweet about the film. Although never have I ever…

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