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An Autoethnographic Collaboration


Conducting autoethnographic research involves an individual to evaluate their own personal experiences gained by authors to develop a greater cultural connection (Anderson, 2006).

In my previous blog posts ‘A New Cultural Beginning’ and ‘Me X Japanese Pop Culture – A Collaboration’, states my limited understanding of the culture surrounding digital Asia. This seemed to be at my detriment, due to the disinterest and lack of engagement within the subject. That was until I found the focus of my individual digital artefact; the influence of Japanese pop culture on global fashion, a small subsection of digital Asia which interested me greatly.

According to Ellis et al (2011), “when we conduct and write research, we implicate others in our work”, this is a direct parallel drawn, as the topic of research I have chosen, directly came from reading and commenting on a fellow students work during the commenting component of…

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Me X Japanese Pop Culture – A Collaboration


The ‘Digital Asia’ course so far… interesting is undeniably the correct word for it. From the screenings and topical discussions we have shared during class, I can assure you that for me, it’s not the most interested I’ve been, honestly not completely interested at all. This was until the commenting component of the previous assessment occurred.

Commenting on fellow classmate Millie’s blog post, started developing my interest and curiosity into a completely distinct topic, one that I knew about but not to the extent of a global phenomenon; the influence of Japanese pop culture on global fashion. With fashion being of utmost interest to me with hopes of a future career in the industry, this topic could not interest me more, finally a subsection of Digital Asia that I can thoroughly engage with.

No doubt, Japan has one of the largest worldwide influences on popular culture across the globe…

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Akira Against the World


Ellis et all (2011) defines autoethnography through three specific terms;

  1. AUTO – personal experience
  2. ETHNO – understanding cultural experiences
  3. GRAPHY – describe and systematically analyse

These three key words are essential to grasp the writing and research methods used for this genre of qualitative research; from personal experience gained by authors to develop and understand a greater cultural connection (Anderson, 2006).

Through knowledge and insights gained via the screening and live tweeting, a well-rounded epiphany was formed; which can directly relate to creative minds and their own autoethnographic study.

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The weeks screening of the Japanese animated dystopian cyberpunk film; Akira, 1988 provided me insights into some of the prominent creative minds in the film and music industry. Katsuhiro Otomo not only directed Akira, but adapted the screenplay from his very own manga comic of the same name, also developed in the 80s. Even though this film…

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A New Cultural Beginning


Semester two of twenty-nineteen and back into the swing of live tweeting to an array of films I have never seen before, but this semester it was with a slight cultural twist, Asia. A culture I have never quite delved into film wise. To be completely honest, a genre I have never been interested in pursing, until now.

In understanding why I have never been interested in looking into Asian films and pop culture can somewhat traced back to my cultural upbringing. I am Australian, born and bred in a small country town, in the middle of the outback. Broken Hill is a small mining town with not a lot of cultural diversity. In saying that, my Dad’s side of the family settled in Australia, from England, during the colonial era and on my Mum’s side, her Grandfather immigrated from Scotland during World War Two. So, as you…

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