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Webtoon 2: An update on autoethnographic research

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The first few interactions with Webtoon show me that despite what I have known about Korean culture and Korean fan via past experience, Webtoon is a completely new realm. With this in mind, I started off the autoethnographic research about Korean Webtoon by writing my epiphanies.

“Epiphanies are remembered moments perceived to have significantly impacted the trajectory of a person’s life” (BOCHNER & ELLIS, 1992; COUSER, 1997; DENZIN, 1989)

In the research, Epiphanies are my thoughts on readings Webtoon as well as my interpretations of the Korean cultural products before going to analyse the cultural experience. Because the autoethnographic research serve the purpose of “helping insiders (cultural members) and outsiders (cultural strangers) better understand the culture (MASO, 2001). Even though I have got introduced about Webtoon as Korean soft power, I think my knowledge is lack of depth. Relying on the knowledge to write an analysis of the powerful…

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Webtoon 1: An Auto-Ethnographic Dive into Korean Digital Comics

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“Korean Webtoon are transforming media ecosystem in Australia, China, Japan, Korean and USA” – This is a sentence from a BCM lecture discussing Korean “soft power”. Under government’s incentives, Korean Webtoons (digital comic)  is changing the way people in different countries consuming online entertaining material. I first got exposed to the term “Webtoon” 3 years ago when I watched an adapted drama from a famous Korean rom-com Webtoon called “Cheese in the trap”. It was a really different movie watching experience having many creative elements and suspenseful moments that I could not help myself but binge watching it.

“Cheese in the trap” was a really interesting drama and it also was among many others successful webtoon-to- drama adaptions. It seems that Korean online Webtoon is actually a great entertaining resource for filmmakers to create products that cater to the taste of a wide audience. However, thinking about the fact…

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Autoethnography practices via screening of the Godjira – Akira and live tweeting and blogging

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Even though I did not realise it, my previous blog/ reflection on my experience watching Godjira was a practice of autoethnography. Drawing out from my first reflection on Godjira and the knowledge that I have just learned about autoethnography this week, I could see how the practical and theoretical exposure to autoethnography enable myself to delve into deeper layers of meaning of the text, hence, allowing me to have a better understanding of Japan’s historical context back in 1954.

“Autoethnography 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, 2010

Writing a reflection of Godjira, to me, means watching the movie a second time in a calmer and more attentive manner. Before typing my thoughts into the computer, I run through the movie in my mind picking out memorable scenes in the movie…

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Watching “Gojira” in the age of Hollywood blockbuster

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I have to admit that as a kid living in the regime Hollywood sci-fi blockbusters which brilliantly calculated movie plots embedded with sophisticated visual and sound effect, the first generation of sci-fi genre with Gojira as a prominent example is too classic, too predictable in today’s context. And I mean it in a good way!

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The “predictability” is a result of similarities that I picked up in the movies and in some other sci-fi movies of the 21st century in term of the movie plot: the appearance of some unknown creature as a result of human’s scientific mistakes to serve a purpose of shaking humans out of their ignorance. if this doesn’t sound familiar enough, checking out the list of Godjira-like movies. This is not to say that other movies are borrowing creative elements from the movie of 1954, it is just…

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