DA: Welcome to the world of K-Pop music videos (autoethnography)

An autoethnography through the eyes of someone who originally had no idea what K-Pop was.

As the first sentence explains, I started off with absolutely no idea what K-Pop even stood for. I knew it was some kind of music but didn’t realised what country it was from and the kind of genre it belonged to.

First glimpse at K-Pop

First things first, I got YouTube opened and started looking through all sorts of K-Pop videos. Some where similar to what I had kind of imagined and some where completely not what I expected. While watching my thoughts went from that looks super cool to what even was that and back to that looks awesome.

K-Pop Songs Chart

First thing I learnt when watching the below video was that there are genres within K-Pop, such as contemporary and rap music rather than typical pop music. The girl and boy band…

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Reacting to a T-pop idol

Kelsey O'Brien BCM320 Digital Asia

So far, I’ve gotten a general sense of the Thai pop music imagesGEUYN83J(T-pop) industry by watching and live-tweeting a 2015 playlist of 12 T-pop MVs. In order to deepen my perspective of the industry, I’m going to follow what I consider to be a normal progression of consumption of pop music: moving from the general industry to a specific artist. As such, I will be reacting to three music videos from a T-pop idol, Third Lapat.

While I know nothing about T-pop, my previous cultural framework naturally affects my consumption of the genre. I am a K-pop/J-pop fan, so am used to catchy pop songs sung in lyrics I don’t understand. I’m also used to the bishōnen aesthetic of Asian pop-stars, so while some might consider these men somewhat feminine, this doesn’t bother me at all; I actively seek out attractive bishōnen idols (yes…

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(BCM 320) To Continue Or Not v.2.0

Rachelle Esaid

I have been lacking in continuing my posts but, after some feedback I have decided to stop these romance shows and specifically focus on LGBTQ+ media in Asian countries. There is such a small part of it that it will be a quick focus. As someone who identifies as part of the community I’ve always wanted to dwell into Asian media that showcases LGBTQ+ content, considering the media presented in western countries fail to write proper character arcs and development. The romance shows I watched before were fine, I just realised over time I quickly became bored of seeing the same thing over and over again no matter how creative the concept may of been from the beginning. A lot of soul goes into these shows so I’m hoping to see the same for this genre. I had some motivation to do this after seeing the posts of the Taiwan…

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Auto-Ethnographic Research: The Beauty of Thai Cuisine (Final + Verdict)


To recap my auto-ethnographic research on The Beauty of Thai Cuisine, and its variations from other southeast asian dishes, I’ve explored a few popular ones like the Thai Laksa, Coconut Agar-Agar Jellies, Thai Steamed fish  and even the iconic Tom Yam dish. In all honesty, the research did not go as I proposed in my post, but I would still consider this a successful one.

I’ve come a long way from the embarrassing Thai laksa incident to actually experience making Thai Laksa on my own. I’ve analyzed my old and new experience to relate on my thoughts on Thai cuisines. From my recorded documents, I did relate to a few dishes from the culture I’m familiar to. I found out that it is impressive how one dish can be interpreted differently from different culture. The question that was flowing inside my head before the research was ” why would…

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Auto-Ethnographic Research Podcast: The Thai Experience in Australia (Part 3)


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Its Time For Thai Restaurant

Screen Shot 2018-10-08 at 12.17.15 PM Source: Google Maps 

My Food

IMG_20171224_212832_364 Thai Laksa: Source: My Insta Story

The Menu

Screen Shot 2018-10-07 at 12.17.43 PM Source: Its Time For Thai

Taste of Thai Restaurant

Screen Shot 2018-10-08 at 12.19.03 PM.png Source: Google Maps 

The menu:

My Food

20180930_201010 From left: A bowl of rice, Tilapia fish with Thai Curry, Crispy Chicken with veggies and Thai Herb Soup

Herb Soup Source:

CORRECTION: Its not curry soup, its actually “Thai Herb Soup” which contains Mushrooms, Soy Sauce, and Garlic (Source)

Chicken Rendang with Lemang (Malaysia / Singapore / Indonesia)

Lemang and chicken rendang, bamboo glutinous rice dumpling with spicy meat dish Source: Google

Instant Tom Yam by Maggi

Things that I added with the Maggi Cube:

  1. Chicken
  2. Mushroom
  3. Prawns
  4. Water
  5. Onions
  6. Broccoli

More Instant Products


Furthering my research, I found out they are able to re-create drinks as well: Old Town White Coffee is an instant drink where consumers add the powder and water then stir it for 30…

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Auto-ethnographic Research Podcast: Coconut Agar-agar Jellies (Part 2)


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Coconut Agar-agar Jellies

COCUnut Agar Source: SBS

Tutorial: Hot Thai

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Tutorial Video

Tepung Pelita, a traditional Malay cuisine: (Malaysia)

Kuih-Tepung-Pelita-Asli Source: Facebook

How a typical Ramadan Bazar looks like (Malaysia)

bazaar-ramadhan-taman-tun-dr-ismail-ttdi3 Note: This is in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia’s capital city), not Johor Bahru (South Malaysia / near Singapore’s Border )

20161117_121609 An epic picture of me in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2016)

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South Malaysia (Johor) – Singapore Border. Source: Google Maps

Nata De Coco (The Philipines)

1200px-Nata_de_coco Source: Google

Different Flavors for the Nata De Coco

Natade coco Source: Facebook

Pandan Leaves

pandan-leaves Source: Google

Fun Fact: The real name of this leaves is:

Pandanus Amaryllifolius

The sweet aroma of the leaves is the reason why its really popular in a lot more south east asian cuisines like:

Pandan Cake 

Pandan cake Source: Twitter

Nasi Lemak: A signature dish in Malaysia

Nasi Lemaks.jpg Source: Facebook

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BCM320: Group DA

Abby Poposki

For the group digital artefact, Jess and I decided to explore and review a TV show on Netflix called Hormones. Our field site consisted of a podcast where we reviewed and discussed cultural differences that we noticed while viewing the show. This was not a reaction podcast because we reviewed the show after watched the first three episodes because we wanted to allocate enough time to eloquently discuss our thoughts and epiphanies.

Our podcast is embeded here:

Our group presentation can also be found here:

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An Auto-Ethnographic Project

Asian Gaming For Dummies


Commercial gaming began in the 1950’s as a niche interest, it then moved on to be a feature in social situations (restaurants and arcades), to home gaming systems like Atari and is now one of the biggest and most profitable industries in the world thanks to the infiltration of PC’s in the home throughout the past 15 or so years. The East Asian subcontinent is the largest gaming market in the world – the Asian Pacific region being worth an estimated $51.2 billion USD. Gamers in this region first used gaming as a method of stress relief (living in a high pressure society) but gaming, in particular ‘ESports’ has now become one of the largest ‘competitive’ sports in Asia, and is on track to become a medal event in the 2022 Asian Games.


Emily G: The main gaming consoles I grew up with were Gameboys, Nintendo DS and…

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Webt-who? A Study on South Korea’s WebToons

Our DA studies a new format of comic books that are digital and vertically-composed. Originating in South Korea, WebToon as a platform has expanded into a global cult favourite amongst illustrators and audiences and has changed the way we enjoy comics forever.

Conducted by Claudia Muller (5397212), Mona Fakhry (5476938 , Misha Goldrick (5139284), Matilda Jesiolowski (5632572), and Ray Duy Hải Nguyễn (5508551), we collected our data across our twitter accounts (which you can find on this twitter list), and assembled our findings into our very own, self-created Webtoon which you can find here: (best read on a mobile device for true WebToon experience!

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Republic of Korea, 9 July 2010, Korean wave, hallyu in Singapore, CC BY-SA 2.0
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