V LIVE: Contextual Essay (Final)

Lydia's ☽ Lens

This is the final segment of my auto-ethnographic study of V LIVE. You can access the first two parts of this study here: Part 1 and Part 2.

Digital Artefact 

For this project I created a Digital Artefact (DA) in the form of a Google Slides presentation which you can access here.

When I was presented with the opportunity to create a digital artefact for the final assessment of #BCM320 Digital Asia, I knew I wanted to do something which would fulfil me with a greater understanding about the Korean entertainment industry. I have always been invested in celebrity culture and the media in the United States, but it was not until recently that popular culture and entertainment industries in Asia began to intrigue me. Over the last 12 months I have become increasingly more exposed to K-Pop (Korean Pop Music) which has led me to an…

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Autoethnographic Experience: South Korean Live Streaming Service – ‘V Live’ (Part 1)

Lydia's ☽ Lens

Social-media-e1503574644788-1260x840Like the majority of young people, I am an active user of social networking sites. I use a variety of different applications, both for my personal life and for my degree at University. Some of the social media applications that I use are inclusive of, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Snapchat. I have also used many others which have sparked popularity throughout the years such as, Tumblr, Pinterest, and the most recent online craze, TikTok.

Growing up in Australia, these ‘social media giants’ are the extent to what I have been exposed to, but over the past year I have began noticing popular applications used overseas. Due to my own, newfound interest in the music genre; K-Pop (Korean Pop music), one of the applications I have become aware of is the South Korean owned, live streaming site, V LIVE

V LIVE is an online live streaming service for South Korean…

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Urban Farming in Asia: An Autoethnographical Analysis

Sunny Commandeur

My recent foray into urban farming in Asia as part of an autoethnographic research project led to multiple epiphanies, unique to me through various personal contexts.

The autoethnographic research methodology I applied fit best with what Ellis et al. (2011) describes as layered accounts. This methodology emphasises ‘the procedural nature of research’, focusing on ‘the author’s experience alongside data, abstract analysis, and relevant literature’.

Charmaz (2008) states that simultaneous data collection and analysis encourage researchers to follow emergent leads systematically. These strategies include ‘comparing data, checking hunches, refining emerging ideas, and constructing abstract categories from data analysis’. Essentially, my interpretation and reaction to the autoethnographical field sites (logs, academic articles and youtube videos) was valuable information in itself, allowing me to steer my research in the direction my epiphanies took me.

I never had a close interest in farming; while it runs in my family, there is a geographical disconnect between…

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My Autoethnographic Experience

Communications and The Media

Asian culture happens to be the culture that I have been least exposed to in my life. However, there has been one particular experience I have had with the Asian culture that I want to talk about. I have never been to an Asian country, in fact, my first trip to an Asian culture will come in January 2020 with a girl’s trip to Japan. Being the westernised kids that we are, we were concerned with the food aspect of the trip, as we have never really eaten authentic Japanese food before, so we decided to visit a traditional Japanese restaurant to prepare for our trip.


The atmosphere in the restaurant was calming and the waiters were all really polite and helpful. They made us feel very welcome. The restaurant made it seem like you were stepping into Japan with the colours and atmosphere being such a prominent part of…

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soju + shoujo


(soju = Korean alcohol, shoujo = Japanese anime)

To say that I’m a foreigner to Asian cultures would be the equivalent of saying that pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza (it does!), as I have Indonesian blood coursing through my veins. If asked where I’m from, it would be so simple to say that my sisters have skin the colour of our ancestors’ sand. But my premature exposure to the Australian culture has manufactured my cultural identity as a ‘whitewashed’ Asian female – yes, I am an Australian citizen but no, I don’t own an Australian birth certificate.

Watching my fellow co-auto-ethnographers burrow into profound analysations of a culture in relation to their own presented to me how cultures were scrutinised by outsiders. Those who admitted unfamiliarity toward Asian cultures may be the parallel adjacent of how the Australian culture was once incongruous to me. 

On the other hand, I’ve also…

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Exploring Lolita Fashion

The Critical Millennial

The following blogpost will be documenting my experience in exploring the Lolita Japanese fashion trend.

In order to start my journey with the Lolita style, I decided to watch a few YouTube videos about it and to follow a bunch of Lolita clothing stores and Lolita fashion models on Instagram. (I put the links to the videos I watched at the end of this blogpost).

What I quickly learnt about Lolita fashion is that it actually has nothing to do with the word Lolita.

For me and for most people, the word Lolita conjures up connotations with the novel ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov and the film adaptation of the book. When you google the definition of Lolita, you get ‘a sexually precocious young girl’. Thus a common misconception about Lolita fashion is that the style is sexual or that it fetishizes young girls.


But this definition of Lolita couldn’t be…

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Discovering the Underground Korean Music Scene

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Prior to our introductory exposure into the Asian media landscape, I dabbled in my fair share of Asian music – more specifically that being Korean music. I didn’t just engage with K-Pop, over the course of time I eventually discovered rising solo acts in the Korean R&B and Hip-Hop scene, which I took more of a liking to. I’ve only just rediscovered my appreciation for the Korean R&B and Hip-Hop genre since encountering additional asian media through this subject, and since then have a grown appreciation for underground artists who are earning their international exposure (Just Musically Speaking 2018).


In the offerings that Eastern media had to share through film and television, we had yet to extend and diversify our music palettes. The underground nature and culture of Korean R&B attracted me to the idea of an untapped bank of music knowledge which I had to be a part of…

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akira; past and future


Akira’s graphics and story content were very advanced for it’s time!

  1. They predicted that the Olympics would be in Tokyo in the year 2020 (see: link)
  2. The manga was over 2,000 pages long and the story board for the film was 738 pages, yet Otomo managed to condense it into a 2 hour film
  3. 50 colours were made exclusively for the movie


I’m even further impressed when I learnt that Kanye was a huge fan to the point he even added scenes to his music video, ‘Stronger,’ and argues that the topics addressed in the movie continues to be relevant to the world we live in today. 

Even from just watching Akira, there was many locations or vibes that resonated familiarity from other movies. I’d begin to think that some would have influenced Akira, but even more than that, Akira influenced other movies. 

  • The street scenes in…

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Week 1 – The Host

Learning through Experiencing

Digital Asia, this term was foreign to me until quite recently, when I was searching for elective subjects to help carry me through to the end of my degree. Now I am going, to be honest, in saying that this is not a subject that I would usually pick, nor be interested in.  But in coming to the end of my degree, I thought it would be fitting to try something out of my comfort zone, and as I had the spare credit points, I thought BCM 320 would be the perfect place to use them.

For this blog, we were asked to ‘write a personal response to the film screened this week’, whilst drawing from our live-tweeting sessions, as well as integrating an analysis of our own culture. When I walked into my first BCM 320 seminar and we were told we had to ‘live-tweet’ whilst watching a movie…

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Keeping in ‘Toon’ with Digital Asia- Final Auto-Ethnographic project.

Grace's blog-spot

It is safe to say I came into this semester of BCM 320- Digital Asia with my eyes closed, but I am emerging with them, as I mentioned in my first blog, extremely open to the vast array of media goodness coming out of Digital Asia and I couldn’t be happier about it. Auto-Ethnographic research methods are to thank for this as they have allowed me to, aligned with Anderson’s (2006, pg. 378) five key features;

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Now on to my digital artefact. I have chosen to present my research in the form of an Auto-Ethnographic video (link below) taking inspiration from Denzin (2003) and being “a public intellectual who produces and engages in meaningful cultural criticism”(pg. 259). While I have not so much provided cultural criticism, I have most definitely attempted to create a useful cultural commentary on Webtoon content.

I have discovered that in Australia, Webtoon’s are considered…

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