In my previous post, I was looking into food and how it has influenced my life. In this blog, I’ll be analysing my previous blog post to see how well I properly understand Asian food culture; Spoilers. It’s not very much.
It’s interesting that despite my cultural upbringing, with an open minded mother (at the very least about food), that I have so many dishes that I haven’t tried, or dislike for some reason or another. I noted that my girlfriend described me as picky, but just the other week when we were out with friends for dinner, I was able to back up all my reasons for disliking certain foods. The truths for me in regards to liking food weren’t found in research, but an individual sense experienced when eating those foods.
“… scholars began illustrating how the “facts” and “truths” scientists “found” were inextricably tied to the vocabularies and paradigms the scientists used to represent them.” (Ellis et al)
You see, when I want something to be true, I can argue that it is true; and oftentimes, I’ll be able to convince the people around me that it’s true. Like if I say “I don’t like onion, I think it’s a bad food”, people will argue with me. However, if I follow that up with “It’s the soft-crunchy texture that I just don’t find appealing”, then people are much more open to my view, and some even agree (or at least agree that it is present, but they still enjoy onions).
But how in any way that this is going to shape my investigation going forward? Well, for starters, I’ll need a host of people to join me for my cooking adventure, kind of like a panel of judges. As well as this, another friend of mine who isn’t particularly good at cooking might be joining me for the adventure.
One element I really need to do is to compare my current Asian food experience with my experience of other foods, and how that differs. For example, I am quite a fan of Italian food, and as such, have quite the history with Italian food. I’ve even made lasagne and gnocchi! Although it was mainly my friends, I wasn’t very successful, but I was there!
This, coming from a guy who doesn’t cook is quite remarkable, as it shows that often we’ll do what we like even if we’re not very good at it. So, as I said in my last post I want to broaden my pallet. I want to try new things and get those new experiences.
Now, in the Ellis et al reading, it speaks of the personal narrative element of autoethnography as including the academic, research and personal aspects of their lives. I believe in my previous post that I was quite successful at the personal aspect, but my posts do lack a bit more of the research side. Going forward I will need to look more in depth at how the phenomenon of social eating has shaped and been shaped within Asian cultures. The previously included video is a good start, as it also looks into Idol culture, and how some people (Like “The Diva”) have been able to be successful with their food based livestreams.
And it’s interesting, because every time I delve into an aspect of Asian culture, I realise how interconnected they are. I thought that food would be an easy task, like make something for dinner and film it. But through researching the snack culture in places like Japan and South Korea, I realised that my Western views and expectations are countered there again! In Australia at least, snack packaging is pretty bland and straight to the point, with dark or simple colours, like the black and red of a Mars Bar, or the deep (copyrighted) purple of a Cadbury Dairy Milk© Milk Chocolate bar. But looking at Asian snacks, the insanely bright colours and funky fonts are completely different. So perhaps I’ll have a dessert section of my livestream/video where we try some snacks. We’ll see.
Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview’, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12:1. Available at: http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3095
The More We Know, (2014) ‘New South Korean Fad: Watch People Eat A LOT Online’, Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJJDtx5aD6Y
Tanaka, K. Umakoshi, T. Ichijima, A. ‘Iron Chef’, More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Chef