Author: iamtaylorbruno

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Communications & Media Studies at UOW

Contextual Essay: My Autoethnographic Look into the Fake Designer Goods Market in China

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For my digital artefact, I engaged with autoethnography to explore the fake designer goods market in China. Wall (2008) states that ‘autoethnography begins with a personal story’ and my personal experience with fake designer goods in Thailand a few years ago – explored in my podcast below as well as this blog post – is what assisted me in identifying this as an interesting field site for this project.

As we know, Ellis (2011) describes auto-ethnography as ‘an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.’ I utilised a ‘layered account’ (Ellis 2011) approach to autoethnography which focused on my personal experience placed alongside further research into the topic.

The personal experience component of this project involved purchasing fake Ray Ban sunglasses from a Chinese seller on eBay for $1.68. My data collection for this component was tracking…

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Group Autoethnography: Our Experience With Origami

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By Taylor Bruno (4726406), Tahlia Irving (5106102) & Rachel O’Loughlin (4871327)

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The idea of choosing origami as the topic for our project was something lightheartedly thrown around in the suggestions. But as we came to discover origami is a lot more than just an arts and craft activity we did as children. We used an autoethnographic approach to origami. Ellis (2011) describes autoethnography as an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand the cultural experience (Ellis et al. 2011). Our field site for this research were two different instructions, one a video and the other a PDF, on how to build the different figures. The first being the ‘traditional’ crane and the second being the Star Wars character ‘Yoda’. We decided the best method of data collection was to film the group attempting to recreate…

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Counter-fate Goods? Finding Clarity in the Autoethnographic Methodology

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In my previous blog post, I introduced my BCM320 peers and readers of the subject blog to my chosen topic for my individual digital artifact: An autoethnographic study on the fake designer goods market in Asia. To reiterate the concept of autoethnographyEllis et al (2011) explains that ‘Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience‘ [emphasis added].

The Ellis reading outlines the many different forms of autoethnography. Upon reflecting on what I wrote in my previous blog post regarding the personal experience and further research I wish to engage with, I have come to the conclusion that a ‘layered account‘ is the autoethnographic form that is most suited to allow me to fulfil the aims of my chosen project. Ellis et al describes layered accounts as those…

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Fake It Til You Make It – The Fake Designer Goods Market in Asia (Individual DA)

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Come, come, Miss. I show you, I show you.

Throwback to my first trip to Thailand in 2012 when my bag broke whilst I was walking down the street. Suddenly, a Nepalese man emerged from the shadows – and by “shadows” I mean one of the many open store fronts,  but just let me be dramatic for a second – and was ushering me down a weird back alley out of the public eye. I think I definitely would have refused to follow him if my dad wasn’t accompanying me and reassured me that it was all fine. Seemed dodgy, but okay…

We walked through rubbish-lined concrete paths as the overpowering stench of durian on steroids lingered in the air. The man led us through a few hidden doors and then pulled out a huge set of keys in front of a final locked door. He opened it…

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Akira Things

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When I was in year 7, I began learning Japanese. It was the only language my school offered at the time and before I got to year 8 the Japanese teacher had left so the subject was placed on hiatus for a little while. The only things I really remember are how to introduce myself – ‘watashi no namae wa Taylor desu‘ (‘My name is Taylor’), and that ‘ninjin‘ means ‘carrot.’

Consequently, the only other anime feature film I had ever seen before watching Akira (1988) this week in class was Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away(2001). Spirited Away is a fairly light-hearted and somewhat comical fantasy where the main character, Chihiro, must free herself and her parents from being stuck in the spirit world after her parents are turned into pigs. The animation is bright and full of colour and the orchestral score gives off dreamy vibes…

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Gojira (1954)

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My father is from a town called Catania on the east coast of Sicily, and my mother is as Australian as they come – born and bred in country New South Wales. This meant that I never really had any Asian media influence growing up apart from watching Digimonand Yu Gi Oh! with my twin brother each morning on Toasted TV. It is also safe to say that the closest thing I ever saw that resembled Godzilla was Reptar from the Rugrats.

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As far as live-tweeting goes? I’m a little unashamed to say I’ve live-tweeted an episode or two of The Bachelorin my time. Unfortunately, I was absent during the first class when Gojirawas screened due to travelling so I was not able to live-tweet, however I made sure to catch up on the film over the weekend once home. I…

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