Author: jyotsnasingh93

Hello! I'm in my fifth and final year of Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Media Communications Studies at the University of Wollongong. I've created this WordPress account for my BCM studies. However, this blog has also been a great tool to further delve into the issues i'm passionate about. Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions! I would love to hear and learn from you - Jos

Autoethnographic Invesitagtion: Cooking Indian Food Take 2

Jyotsna Singh

Last week I cooked up an Indian meal for the first time. It was quite an interesting experience. I felt like I had actually cooked something up properly from scratch — unlike merely steaming veggies and placing a chicken in the oven. I was amazed by all the different ingredients used to create such a simple dish.

However, what struck me the most was how my mum made a minor adjustment to the lentils dish (but adding only a small amount of chilli) to cater to my tastebuds. According to her, i’m not a ‘true’ Indian because I can’t/don’t like eat/eating spicy food. My parents attribute this to me being born in Australia — unlike my brother — and developing different taste buds as a result of that. Whether or not this is true, I could not help but feel interested by how Chefs alter their foods of different cultures…

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Autoethnographic Invesitagtion: Cooking Indian Food Take 1

Jyotsna Singh

Today I commenced my second round of autoenthographic research for my media studies. As the focus of this subject is on Asia, I decided to explore India (as many people forget that other than China, Korea, Japan etc, India also comes under Asia!). I decided to spice up my auto ethnographic project by learning how to cook Indian food! I myself am Indian, and I have been lucky to grow up with delicious authentic Indian food thanks to my mum who is an amazing cook. However, despite the persistence from my parents in the past couple of years, I still have not learnt how to cook! I thought it would be a great opportunity to partake in an experience of learning how to cook Indian food.

Today my mum taught me how to lay out a common classic day-to-day Indian dinner Piela Daal (yellow lentils), with raita (yogurt) and roti…

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Expanding the Horizons: Ghost in the Shell

Jyotsna Singh

This week I continued my autoethnographic reflection on Ghost in the Shell. Last week I examined the representation of Motoko as a female cyborg character in the film. This week, I did examined further literary analysis in this area.

As I mentioned last week, I was surprised by the portrayal of the protagonist by a female character. Due to cultural gender stereotypes, it is usually rare to depict and perceive a female character as a hero. Yet the film clearly challenged my assumptions as it appeared to subvert the power dynamics inherent in dominant structures of gender and sexual difference. Such representations seem to step from the genre of Cyberpunk fiction. As Nicole Atkings (2015, p.1) writes ‘it has been known to herald itself as a genre that obliterates traditional stereoptypes and gender roles’, thereby liberating female characters. Thus it seems by creating a cyborg that is a strong and…

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Ghost in the Shell Revisited

Jyotsna Singh

After my first viewing of ‘The Ghost in the Shell’, I was left with interesting and provoking trains of thought —a.k.a epiphanies—in relation to the development of gender and sexual identity in a high-tech world. This inspired me to delve further into these issues.

Considering Anime is a traditionally Japanese art form and genre, I personally found it interesting how the text represented Motoko as the lead and hero of the film — something which I believe is heavily under-represented in film industries — because I have always thought the Japanese society is more conservative. I naturally assumed men would be portrayed as the heroes and females as the damsels in distress. Yet the film appears to subvert the power dynamics inherent in dominant structures of gender and sexual difference. Motoko is represented as a fragmented female subject embodied with stereoptyical  male characteristics of strength and bravery, which allows…

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Jyotsna’s First Encounter With Anime

Jyotsna Singh

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Today I experienced my first viewing of an Anime film (Ghost in the Shell) in my Digital Asia class…and let’s just say my engagement with the film was difficult as the conventions (other than knowing that characters have big eyes) of this genre are foreign to me. While i’ve never properly experienced an Anime text as I did today, I’ve always known that I’ve never been a big fan of this genre. But perhaps that stems from the fact that I’ve never really like cartoons. Nevertheless, —to my surprise— I found a few aspects of Ghost in the Shell quite intriguing and engaging.

The foreign conventions of Anime made it quite difficult for me to initially engage with the storyline of the film. For example, the fast-paced dynamic shots and the constant cutting from scene to scene and shot to shot made it quite difficult for me to understand what…

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