Author: Zoe Majstorovic

Chinese Dating with the Parents

Zoe Majstorovic

While commercial networks get excited over Take Me Out, SBS has already moved onto Asia’s next crazy dating show, Chinese Dating With The Parents and it has another interesting element, the host happens to be transgender.


If You Are The One was such a booming success in Australia and China, the producers decided to create another interesting dating show. Single hopefuls reach out to famed transgender host Jin Xing for help with their love problems, but there is a catch to this show. Any potential partners must go through an intensive and grueling interrogation with the contestant’s parent in order to proceed to the next stage in the show.

This is a real modern romance dilemma with a spin as love can be right around the corner, but the potential partners must charm the parents first. Contestants will have to put their faith in their parents hands and believe that…

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Blog post 2: Bachie One

Zoe Majstorovic

Screen Shot 2018-10-25 at 3.24.21 pm6 girls are all awaiting in this room, with view of the candidate and audio to hear what he has to say. All the girls are cheering to see the first bachelor that is up for grasp. As he walks through the set the girls jump up and down saying, “he’s so handsome”, yet my first thought is what is wrong with him?

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Oh and guess what, he’s a dancer; he just has to show off those sick moves in slow motion I may add. After his little spin, he waves to all the parents. Some of the parents seem swooned over him yet others could not be interested. After all the waves and dance moves he introduces himself. He’s a 23-year-old figure skater coach that is seeking his love.

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After clarifying that the move he did was a spin we head straight into the first stage of this game…

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Blog post 3: Bachie 2

Zoe Majstorovic

Screen Shot 2018-10-25 at 3.43.46 pmBachie 2 walks out and all of the girls are disgusted. All you can hear the girls say is that he is too old and look like their uncle, so not a good start.

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As you can imagine, parents number 6 are straight into the question, asking if the bachie has any younger brothers (as they would be more suited for their daughter) but the bachie continues by saying he only has sisters. The mother is out and no longer interested in bachie 2 as his family would bully their daughter according to the mother. This woman is so brutal; I would not want that as a mother in law.

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The first video is played and the Bachie describes his life. In his youthful days he was a dancer but he decided to move to France to admire the movement of dance yet he ended up staying there for 30 years (this…

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Blog post 4: Bachie 3

Zoe Majstorovic

As Bachie 3 walks out onto the stage the girls jump up and down with delight and want him straight away, even though they don’t know his name yet. Two of the 6 girls want him so much they decided it has now become a competition, let the games begin.

The parents swoon over bachie 3 asking him questions about his family whilst praising him over his looks. Bachie 3 says all the right things leading to his first video. He starts by talking about his bicycle and gym business, which apparently is very successful yet he says he is eager to try new things. He has many interests including learn new languages, karate, singing and cooking. Bachie 3 is after an independent woman who doesn’t rely on her husband so they can take on the world (lame)

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All the girls in the box are smitten by bachie 3; all…

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Contextual Essay

Zoe Majstorovic

When it comes to my digital artefact I explored something rather new to myself and to Australia. In early 2018 a brand new TV show in China was released and it’s called Chinese dating with the parents. Basically single hopefuls reach out to famed transgender host Jin Xing for help with their love problems, but there is a catch to this show. Any potential partners must go through an intensive and grueling interrogation with the contestant’s parent in order to proceed to the next stage in the show.

This is a real modern romance dilemma with a spin as love can be right around the corner, but the potential partners must charm the parents first. Contestants will have to put their faith in their parents hands and believe that their parents will find their one.

I’ve decided to start from the beginning and head straight to episode one, season one…

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Analysing my Narrated Experience

Zoe Majstorovic

When analysing my narrated experience in the third blog post I realised I tended to ramble on a bit too much. I was so focused on talking about my history with Digital Asia instead of talking about my topic and products I plan to use in this assessment.

Drawing on the Ellis et al work, I explored the characteristics of an autobiography and ethnography. I explained my own personal history of Digital Asia, even though I rambled on for a while. Although I talked about my own personal experience, I don’t still live through those experiences. I almost tried to more document the experience I’ve had instead of living throughout the account. Yet I explored the ethnography by talking about the values and beliefs my friend and I had towards the Thai culture. Nin helped me to better understand and respect her culture, unlike most of the people in our…

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Autoethnographic Experience with the Digital Asia

Zoe Majstorovic

Coming into this subject I had no idea what to expect. I have heard of others that had done this subject yet I was still conflicted about what to expect. Just by reading the title of the subject I understood what I was in for. I have been doing BCM classes for the past three years. The titles of the subject are always straight to the point and most of the time, easy to grasp.

I have an older sister, Mia, whom did this subject not too long ago. She instructed me the basics of this subject and if I was ever confused to talk to Chris or look at her blog posts. Yet time has passed and I have somewhat grasped my own knowledge of this subject.

When it comes to the concept of digital Asia, I really had a lack of education and knowledge. This isn’t something that…

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My personal experience with this film was rather limited. I couldn’t quite engage with this film for a majority of reasons. My biggest issue with this 2-hour film was that it


was anime. For as long as I can remember, anime has been a fear of mine. A lot of people enjoy anime, so I wouldn’t dare to say a word against it but it’s never been my cup of tea. I have seen

people cosplay as certain characters from different films or TV shows, I’ve seen first hand how these things can take over peoples lives. I guess I don’t want to fall into that trap. It’s easier to push something away like anime then let it consume my life for years to come.

When looking at the second step of Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview‘, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12:1, I realised something. My past experiences with anime have never ended well. As a child, I was told that anime was a terrible film or TV show and many people have wasted their lives on this. I don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing now, but I was always told that.


To fully engross with step three of this process I had to completely understand what I was really watching in class. Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic science fiction film that is set in a dystopian in the year of 2019. Akira tells a story about a local biker gang and their childhood friend, yet after a motorcycle accident a threatening military rebellion is in the sprawling futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. Unbelievably this anime film had a total production budget of $8.2 million, making this film the most expensive anime film of all time.


Step four is based about further knowledge and studies facing the issues of the project. In this case, the issues or criticism facing this film. Lucky enough, this film has a very low account of negatively. Many critics believe this is one of the greatest animated and science fiction films of all time, setting as a landmark in Japanese animation. It got a raging 87% on rotten tomatoes with an overall rating of 7.5/10.


My response to the film is rather different compared to the rotten tomatoes review. It was an interesting film, I found myself rather engaged in certain moments of the film. Unfortunately I can’t seem to look past the aspect of it being anime.

1954 Godzilla

In week 1 of live tweeting we explored an old Japanese science fiction film, Godzilla. godzilla5-091215

Although this film was made in 1954, it is one of first films in this franchise. I have never watched any of these franchise films, so I really had no idea what to expect with this film. All I know is that Godzilla is on the lose in Japan, damaging various buildings and homes of those who live in Japan.

Personally, I am not a fan of this film and the live tweeting we had to do for this film. Being in Future cultures last semester, the films we viewed in class were intriguing and captivating. I almost felt comfortable doing the live tweets for BCM325. I had a lot of say and it was easy to interact with other classmates about the films.

For myself, and many other students in class it was hard to keep up with week ones film due to the language barrier. I believe one of the most liked comments from this week was observing how hard it was to live tweet a film in a different language. But it something I will have to learn to adjust to.

Usually when I live tweet, I go by sound. I will listen to the film whilst researching interesting facts or finding relevant gifs that hopefully applies to my comment. But with this language barrier it allows me to explore a new way of live tweeting. At first, this was a little hard to see and understand. But by the end of this weeks live tweeting it somewhat made sense. I have to use other ways to connect to the films, other then listening. This will give me the ability to reach new heights with my live tweeting allowing me to branch out to other students in different ways.

When it comes to making sense of the film, I really lacked an understanding of this film. Growing up as a child I was very use to speaking two languages. So I guess I had a somewhat understanding of linking two different languages together. I don’t think I would have ever been allowed to watch films like this as a child; the closest I got was probably the rugrats movie.

As I’ve grown up, I’ve lost the ability to speak two languages and stuck to boring yet slightly mindless comedy films. I am not one to watch thrillers or any horror films. This was yet another challenge I had to overcome when doing this weeks live tweeting. I really struggled coming up with interesting live tweets as I’m so use to making something comedic. This is usually how I reach out to people, whether its family or friends.

This week’s film has really pushed the boundaries for me, but it’s also something I have enjoyed exploring. I’m interesting to see the next few live screenings, and seeing how I can tackle it.