Given the recent rise and popularity of Anime and the discussion of the themes present on online forums such as Tumblr, Reddit and even Twitter, I thought what better way to explore autoethnography in digital Asia cultures then viewing and watching Anime that I have no yet been exposed it. I will aim to give an unique and raw autoethnographic exposé of my findings of the text and the cultural meanings and differences present.
Autoethnography “…is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse [ones] personal experience in order to understand cultural experience” (Ellis et al. 2011). Using this definition as the basis for my autoethnographic experience and research, based on my original blog post from my initial findings with autoethnography, I’ll explore the Japanese culture that is embedded in Anime and discuss the relative similarities and differences to the cultural that I am used to. I will present my findings in the form of a podcast; depending on how much I have to say, this will either be done through multiple podcast episodes, or one long one.
As a child, I was exposed to many Anime TV series such as that of Naruto, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Sailor Moon (film) and Dragon Ball Z, although I wish to expose myself to less-westernised programs and experience unique and raw anime series straight from Japan. Studying Japanese and it’s culture during high school, I have a pretty good understanding of the values and beliefs that could be present in the text, although I am sure there will be elements that I have not been exposed to before that will be culturally different to what I am used to. Travelling to Japan a few years ago, I have experienced the Japanese culture first hand also, although the physical culture experienced compared to the culture displayed on-screen will no-doubt come with similarities and differences.
If anyone is doing anything similar, leave a comment and let me know how you found it.
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