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Asian Exploration


In my last blog post I discussed the cultural phenomenon known as the ‘Mukbang’. In this post here I would like to go further and explain my concept for an individual digital artefact and engage with this whole process from an auto ethnographic perspective.

I believe just as my feelings towards the ‘Mukbang’ changed as I further investigated and engaged, my feelings towards foreign foods have developed in much the same way.  As a child I was an extremely picky eater, I distinctly remember being in Thailand at the age of about 7 or 8 with family and pretending to be asleep in the car so I didn’t have to go into a restaurant. I was overwhelmed with the difference in culture and especially the difference in food.  As a contextual side note I will say I’m still quite picky but not as bad.


Unfortunately in many ways I feel…

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Yuka Kinoshita; Mukbang culture — QuirkyConversations

This is Yuka Kinoshita, a 34 year old Japanese YouTuber with 5 million subscribers and over 1 billion views. She is a tiny woman who can somehow sit down and eat 5kg of Ramen in one sitting, amongst a multitude of other dishes. I discovered her channel recently and I am utterly fascinated, I […]

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Akira & Autoethnographic Understanding


This blog post will look at both my understanding of the autoethnographic methodology and my viewing of the 1998 Japanese anime film ‘Akira’.

Autoethnography is a style of research and writing which involves combining autobiography( retroactive and selective writing on the past) and ethnography (studying a cultures practices via participant observation in order to help both those within and those outside the studied group to better understand culture). Overall, autoethnography requires using personal experience to understand cultural experiences (Ellis et al. 2011).

An autoethnographer takes into account their own personal context in relation to what they are researching as they understand how personal experience influences their writing, for example; existing biases, cultural background, past experiences, emotions and relationship with the community they are studying etc. Unlike other pieces of writing, this methodology allows for subjectivity to be outwardly expressed and accepted   (Ellis et al. 2011).

This methodology encourages ‘heightened…

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The Host


I’ve come into this subject with an open mind and minimal knowledge of the so called ‘digital asia’.

Today we viewed the South Korean Horror (?) film ‘The Host’ and I was not disappointed.

I thought the live tweeting would be somewhat challenging especially since I had not tweeted or really been on twitter since last year. Whilst it was somewhat difficult to multitask, as a person who loves to ask questions and talk during movies, I found it really enjoyable to voice my opinions and see my peers thoughts as well.

I’m a person of half-Asian descent, so navigating my own personal connection to any part of Asian culture can be at times confusing. I come from a dual cultural perspective which is not in any way clear cut and involves the piecing together of several elements from each of my backgrounds. I haven’t viewed many non-western made films…

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