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;

5 Features 2

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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An Autoethnographic Project: The World of J-POPジェイポップ


Following on from my previous blog posts about the initial stages of planning for my digital artifact exploring the phenomenon of J-Pop, here I will present the findings of my research and final conclusions. As I have mentioned in my last blogs, the reason that I chose this topic is that it is something completely new to me. Therefore I was interested to see how I would interpret this field site given my own cultural framework and understanding, how I make sense of the world. I also chose to look at J-Pop as it seems to be less popular as K-Pop, its Korean counterpart. Intrigued as to why this may be, I endeavoured to find out more.

Before I go into my personal experience with researching this aspect of digital Asia, it is necessary to first explain what it is by understanding its history and evolution.

What is J-Pop?


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Grand Finale Anime Food Project


After a month of anime exploration, Japanese history lessons, kitchen decimation, and editing mishaps the illustrious Anime Food project has finally come to a close. This project which came about from my desire to learn more about Japanese food and pop culture was riddled with failures and minor successes. None the less the research project still resulted in what Ellis et al.(2011) would hopefully describe as an ‘aesthetic and evocative thick description’ of my own personal experience with the field site – or at least my attempt at doing so.

The process of conducting this project far outweighed my original expectations, as the time and effort needed to holistically research and interact with my field site quickly overcome what I had originally planned. After days of researching and watching anime, I then needed to conduct further research into the specific Japanese dishes and how they would realistically

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Adventures in Mistranslation – BCM320


For my digital artefact, I wanted to translate a piece of Japanese. As someone with very little experience ever learning another language and having zero knowledge about the Japanese language before I began this project I found it very difficult. I challenged myself to translate this page without the help of the internet, only using books to help me. After I finished I compared the results to Google Translates’ version, and then to the official translation.

As outlined in a previous post Ellis describes many different types of autoethnography, but for my project, I decided on having a ‘layered account’ that would ‘focus on the author’s experience alongside data, abstract analysis, and relevant literature.’ As you see in my video, all three versions of the final translation varied and varied quite a lot in some cases. I decided to do a bit of research about Google Translation, I found a

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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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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)


Note: Play the Audio while proceeding with this post

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

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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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A Review on One Episode of Men on a Mission

Studio A

Men on a Mission.
아는 형님

Aka Knowing Bros or Ask Us Anything.
Episode S1: E2
Can be found on Netflix.

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Basic Overview:

Korean male celebrities are in a high school setting pretending to be students, welcoming in star transfer students as guests every week and engaging in battles of witty humour and slapstick with the hosts Kang Ho-Dong, Lee Soo-Geun, Sang-Min Lee.
Episode Netflix Description: Eun Ji-Won from the group Sechs Kies challenges the class to a game of Indian poker. Kang Kyun-Sung, a singer from Noel, invites them to slackline.
First couple of minutes feature the guests asking quiz questions about themselves to the class.


I’ve noticed that quite a lot of Korean comedy techniques involves being sort of disrespectful or speaking down to people that are older than you. I’m learning that like in many cultures Koreans respect elders a lot, even if it’s just by a…

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