Author: Tamara Goldsmith

Today’s lesson:Filipino mythologies

DA: A cultural understanding and experience of Filipino mythologies

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The bunyip,drop bears,yowie…these are just a few names that pop into my head when I think of Australian folklore/mythologies. These are a series of tales that have developed and sustained Australian culture over many years.

I’ve always considered myself to be culturally understanding, specifically of Australian Aboriginal dreamtime stories and their culture significance. After entering the realm of BCM320, I found that there is more to my understanding of Asian culture than I am aware of. Thus, for my digital artefact I chose to research the topic of mythologies and folklores from an Asian country. Every country has their traditional land owners and history and I believed this was the perfect opportunity to research into the lesser known traditions of an Asian culture from a western perspective.

I decided to choose the country I knew the least about overall and I chose the Philippines, to…

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‘Hi Score Girl’ or ‘Middle School Girl’: Japanese Schooling, candy and anime…what more could a girl…write about?

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This week was my first experience of watching an anime series, and second experience of watching anime all together and it did not disappoint. I was excited and unsure of what to expect in this weeks screening but nevertheless I loved it. The nostalgic and funky opening credits had me hooked.

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When analysing the series I thought back to the weeks lecture we discussed reflexive auto-ethnography, where the researcher changes as a result of the research conducted.

With this in mind I was able to understand the Japanese cultures and traditions that are embedded within ‘Hi Score Girl’ and recognise key ideas in the series. This was achieved through the cultural experiences and  knowledge I have learnt during the research phase of the series and creating tweets based off personal experiences.

My main tweet that began my reflexive autoethnography was about how this was my first experience watching an anime…

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So maybe you can have your cake and eat it too?

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Cake: raw, confusing, intriguing and limited baking.

Assim Abassi’s ‘Cake’ was not quite what I thought it was going to be. The Pakistani 2018 mystery/drama did not quite grab my attention like the previous films we have watched. I was to say the least confused for a large proportion of the time, maybe it was due to the heavy dialogue or the uncertain storylines or tweeting whilst trying to read subtitles. Either way I was unsure of what to make of the film in between the wild story lines, family drama, love and death.

Given the prior, my tweets were all over the place. I had so many questions, yet so few answers. The one similarity I noticed between my tweets, was the commentary of the different cultural aspects of the characters lives, and how their upbringing and culture shaped their decisions. I was fascinated as to why I thought…

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Far from in-FURIE-ating.

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Last week, I found that trying to tweet about ‘Love for Sale’ was difficult to do whilst concentrating on the film, although this week was entirely different, I felt as though I had no problems. The action-thriller film ‘Furie’ was nothing short of fantastic. Throughout the film, I kept thinking about when I went to Vietnam and wondered if I had been to where it was filmed. During the market scenes I imagined being there, the ambience of the market seemed to almost make it’s way to my bedroom.

Once I calmed down from the emotional roller coaster that was ‘Furie’, I wanted to understand why I approached the film the way I did. In Auto-ethnography: An Overview. Ellis et al. (2011) defines auto-ethnography  as “an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience” and I…

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‘Love for Sale’…but not quite sold.

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During the viewing of ‘Love for Sale‘, I was able to compare and commentate on the cultural differences in the film to that of my own. The following is my reflection of the film and how I believe my own cultural background and experiences have impacted both how and why I made sense of the film, its context and most importantly, my tweets.

I was born in England to an English mother and Kiwi father. I was born into a Jewish family so the values and traditions that I was bought up with made me understand that everyone is different in how they go about their daily lives. Most importantly I was taught that regardless of what different peoples values are in reference to religion, beliefs, food and culture, we are respected for our choices. Even though I came from a Jewish upbringing I’ve always experienced western traditions while growing…

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