Author: Naomi Pusell

Asian Cuisine: A Recap

Naomi Pusell

When revisiting my earlier post  on Asian cuisine, I found myself reflecting a lot on research I had found online, rather than my own personal or autoethnographical experiences with the topic. This can be seen as a somewhat limiting approach as it only shows an account based on found research online, rather then my own personal research. In order to overcome this, as part of my individual artefact I went out and did my own personal research into Asian cuisine. This was achieved through sourcing Asian cuisine at supermarkets as well as restaurants and is still an ongoing project.

Although this research constituted much of the blog post, I did find a lot of it to be helpful, such as research into where to find such foods, which was narrowed down to china town, Sydney. However this was changed as I soon found that accessing Sydney wasn’t exactly ideal…

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A look into Asian cuisine

Naomi Pusell

Over the following weeks I will be conducting an autoethnographic study that explores my experience with both Asian cuisine that I am yet to try and Asian snacks and delicacies on my blog account. Everyone has tried the common Asian foods like fried rice and pad Thai, through this project I intend to explore less common foods and show my autoethnographical response to these. I have been inspired to follow this idea, as many Asian delicacies are unknown to me. I intend to approach this through a series of blog posts writing about my experiences of the aesthetic of the food. The taste, smell and texture. This will be accompanied via photos and possibly videos.

My research first began by looking at what actually constitutes Asian Cuisine. Asian Cuisine can be seen as a part of the culture and history of Asian countries. The cooking of such foods usually focuses…

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A second view on Godzilla

When I first wrote about my experience watching Godzilla, I primarily focused on the use of subtitles the film and my immediate decision not to follow the film because of this. This led me to the next question: What is the importance of subtitles? And consequently has led me to evaluate the initial thought on subtitles in my previous post.

The presence of subtitles immediately leads to the idea that something is foreign, and leads to the judgement that the media is not worth the effort to watch, as it has to be read. This was originally a thought I had, however this was changed as I began to realise the film was actually pretty easy to comprehend.

So what is the importance of subtitles in film? Most English speaking people will not watch foreign films due to the use of subtitles calling for the need to ‘read’ a film rather than watch. This post highlights why you SHOULD watch subtitled films and consequently allowed me to further analyse my original post. Some reasons why include:

  1. You could be missing out on something great

This was the case in Godzilla, before engaging fully with the film I thought the movie sucked and wasn’t worth the time. Once I finally began to watch it I realised that the movie wasn’t half that bad.

  1. The more you watch, the more you will begin to understand

As I began to further watch the film, even without the subtitles I could make sense of the movie

  1. Dubbing a movie doesn’t always create the sound outcome

Some subtitled films have a dub over them, but sometimes this doesn’t line up with the original audio track, if Godzilla were to be dubbed how much would be missed?

Another thing that caught my eye in Godzilla was the use of miniature models. These were impressive and it amazed me that they would destroy something so incredible. I decided to do some further research into the use of miniature models in film. Now a day, a low budget alternative, miniatures were used in Godzilla to create desired effects, as CGI could not be used. This technique is still used today in films as it can be seen as a major component of filmmaking at every level.  This article states “models and miniatures offer realism and immediate feedback in-camera to let you know if you got the shot.” Which shows the importance of miniatures used in film today still

From reevaluating my original post, I have become more aware of the importance of subtitles on a film as well as the use of miniatures to create desired effects. Not watching a film because it has subtitles could rob you of a great experience based on a minor inconvenience. This was proven to me when I watched Godzilla, if it were my choice I would not have watched the movie, however watching the movie was actually more interesting than I had thought and as a result I have more respect for subtitled films. Along with this, I also further understand why miniatures are used in film today instead of using CGI.

 

References
Great Subtitled Foreign Films
Low Budget Film Making

Godzilla, an autoethnographic experience.

From reading the text Autoethnography: An overview I have understood that Autoethnography is both a process and product used to write about experiences based on being a part of culture and possessing a specific cultural identity. This draws on both characteristics of Autobiography (writing about ones self) and ethnography (qualitative description of peoples, cultures customs and habits). When told we were going to undertake our own Autoethnographic study, I was somewhat intrigued as I believed this would further help me understand this new yet interesting concept. Below is my responses to the movie Godzilla based on this concept.

When told we were going to watch a movie in class, I was first intrigued. However when an old black and white movie, only in Japanese with subtitles was put on, my thoughts began to change. I began to question what was going on and how I was possibly going to last the full ninety minute duration of the film. My immediate decision not to read the subtitles left me with little idea of what was going on in the first twenty or so minutes of the film. However I pursued and to my surprise, by the end I was actually intrigued at what I had just watched.

As I began to watch, I realised the movie was actually quite easy to follow without reading the subtitles. Sure some important information may have been missed here and there I began to catch the gist of the story line and gain more interest. My short attention span wasn’t going to fail me this time!

Although still not one hundred per cent sure of what was going on I still continued to watch this somewhat engaging movie and began to pick up on little yet interesting details, which made my experience more enjoyable:

  • The movie itself was fairly fast paced for its time which made it more engaging to watch
  • The miniature models that Godzilla destroyed were quite impressive – how could you crush these?!

Along with this, I also picked up on several cultural differences which I found to be quite interesting yet strange to me. For example:

  • Affection was portrayed differently to how we would display in our culture. For example, constant shoulder grabbing as an apparent sign of affection?
  • Emotion was sometimes too over the top, for example the fish scene, she really overreacted the death of a few fish
  • The way japan is displayed on the map. In the film, japan is depicted to be sideways, rather than the way we present it, was this deliberate? Does Japan see themselves in this way? Is it a position of power?

Upon the completion of the movie, I semi enjoyed it but probably wouldn’t watch it again, it wasn’t a bad movie but I found it hard to stay focused at times. Overall, I was interested with many aspects and found the movie itself to be overall intriguing despite my lack of interest at first. Watching this movie has opened me up to new ideas about Asian culture, which I hope to further engage with throughout this subject.