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Chinese TV show and my own autoethnographic view.

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In my previous blog, I have written about Chinese TV show: Happy Camp and my first impressions about the show. Today I am going to step aside and analyse my own experience while watching the show.

Firstly, the most highlighting part in the show is the masculinity – feminist. As I have discussed in the previous part, whenever they play games and need to divide teams, there are hardly a situation that one team has more female members than others. Moreover, while playing games using strength, the male guests often offer to use one hand if possible. It shows the value of gentle towards female but in other hand, it is discrimination to think they can’t do it as they are female. It even becomes more highlighted when a female is stronger or tougher than they are supposed to be and be called ‘Nǚ hànzi’ (女汉子) which means a very tough girl. In one of the researches I found online, hànzi indicates a strong and masculine man, so when a girl is called Nǚ hànzi, it shows that they are a very independent, decisive and strong girl (Dung Ca Xinh 2014). It has a really good meaning but besides that, I found a very strong discrimination as when you use this word, you are assuming that only guys can be tough, independent and strong.

Secondly, every MC remains their roles/ positions while playing games. As I have mentioned in my previous blog, each MCs has their own characters and supposedly remains the same character under all types of situations. For example, Du Haitao, one of the male MCs, always represents of a young, simple- minded man and black hole of a game. But, as I have watched the show for more than 4 years, unlike the ‘simple’ appearance, Haitao is actually a pretty smart, funny and thoughtful guy. He is now considered one of the most popular host in HNTV, the owner of a good restaurant and has casted in quite a number of movies and dramas (Wikipedia, Du Haitao).

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Thirdly, the show is mainly to promote the new upcoming movie or drama in Hunan Broadcasting TV. But, they always invite the most popular actors/ actresses of the time to boost up the viewer rate. Here are names of a few.Photo for blog 7.1

Song Joong-ki (South Korean actor: 4th from the left) https://www.google.com.au/search?rlz=1C1PRFI_enAU709AU709&biw=1745&bih=864&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=song+joong+ki+happy+camp&oq=happy+camp+song+joo&gs_l=psy-ab.3.0.0i8i30k1j0i24k1.4810.6109.0.8290.9.9.0.0.0.0.365.1461.0j3j1j2.6.0….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..3.6.1461…0j0i67k1.tJPovtx_QXs#imgrc=-rFLcNJ7NKBWGM:

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From left to right: Weijia (MC), Nicky Wu (Mainland Chinese legend), William Chan (Chinese dancer, singer, actor), Zhao Li ying (one of 4 new beauties of China), Xie Na (MC)

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Last but not least, as the show has continued for up to 20 years now, the special friendship has been formed between the MCs. And I get the most impression with the friendship between Hejiong and Xiena. They are a very close friend to each other for such a long time. As Hejiong said in one of the show he hosted, he always tries to be a friend who supports Xiena in her ways of growing and glooming. Their friendship has been questioned until 2011 when Xiena announced that she was going to marry her 4- year boyfriend- Jason Zhang. In one of the episode of Happy Camp show, both MCs played a game together to show how much understanding they have towards each other. The answers are once again melt everyone’s heart. One of the questions was what the reason for the first time Hejiong cried in front of Xiena is. And the answer was because she fell and hurt her face. Here is the link of the show but it is completely in Mandarin as there is no English- subtitle version. The example is found in this video (the first 1 and a half minute).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SPy9wrcPDI&t=48s

In conclusion, I have analysed my own perspective towards the show ‘Happy Camp’. This blog post is pretty interesting for me as it gives me a chance to deeply think of the reasons why I enjoy the show as well as what my own values, cultures and beliefs are. It is like a first step before I start my group project. Hope that you guys find this enjoyable as much as my interest while writing it.

References

Dung Ca Xinh 2014, ‘Slow Chinese: 女汉子 (Nǚ hànzi), viewed 15 September 2017, <http://kienthuctiengtrung.info/2014/08/19/slow-chinese-87-nu-hanzi-nu-han-tu/>

Wikipedia, ‘Du Haitao’, viewed 15 September 2017, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_Haitao>

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Chinese TV show and how I think about it

As growing up in Vietnam, a country was dominated by China about 1000 years, I have a very special interest towards China. I am currently studying Mandarin as my minor at UOW. The reason for me to choose to learn Mandarin as I have been watching tons of Chinese dramas, movies and TV shows for like more than 15 years. So, in this blog post, I am going to talk about my perspective towards my favorite Chinese TV show: Happy camp (快乐大本营).

Happy camp belongs to Hunan broadcasting system. It started in 1997 and has lasted for 20 years. The show is one of Chinese most successful TV show. I started watching Happy camp in 2013. It came to me accidentally while I was watching all the shows that my idols took part in. I fell in love with the show as the humour of the MCs helped me laugh and relax after a long day.

The first thing I realise about it is the MC. Unlike other TV show that I have seen before, Happy Camp has up to 5 MCs working all together in every episode.

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Secondly, they always invited guests coming to join the episode, playing games and the most important factor is to promote the new movies/ dramas of Hunan broadcasting system coming up next week/ month.

The third exciting part that I found out about the show is that they have strongly promoted their own culture through the show. It is the clearest through the human- word game. As technologies have become more and more important in our daily life, a lot of Chinese people start forgetting about how to write characters and the game is formed based on this aim. One person from the team will be standing in a very high position and the rest of the team will try to use their body to form the character for the standing person to guess. It is the competition between 2 teams to find out which team gets more correct answer.

Additionally, I find out one of the Chinese value: consider female as the weak side. While playing games with female guests, they always try to be gentle and use less strength in physical games towards female guests. And about the female guests, she normally wears dresses or clothes that shows the best of her shape (if she has one). But from my own perspective, it is a good thing and also a bad thing. It is good as it is always nice to be gentle towards female/ women. But it is not so good because sometimes it can lean towards discrimination/ inequality as I can assume that you will not be able to do it as a girl.

One more thing I find very interesting about Chinese TV show is there is always a person tending to be the weakest of all the hosts, the one to get ‘suffer’ from losing in almost every game. As well as other TV show, Haidao, the young male MC in this show is considered to be unlucky and the black hole for playing games. When I started watching this show, as a simple person, I think that “wow! This guy is so normal! How can he even be the MC of the show?”. But from time to time, with more experience in watching different Chinese shows/ Asian shows, I realise that it is a stereotype that most Chinese/ Asian reality shows will have. This person is sometimes the key to help everyone burst into laugh. And then as I did some research about the guy, he is actually a pretty successful man in real life. It has changed my whole opinion towards the ‘clumsy character’ that I bear in mind at first.

Last but not least, I think one of the main factors for the show to last that long is its flexibility. The show is always catching up with new and famous trends among the Chinese population. For example, they had the voice acting game which ranked top search in weibo (a Chinese platform, same function as Facebook but Mandarin is dominant language). Here is a 1 minute cut video of the game. The 2 Mcs was putting the voice for the movie. It is a Vietsub as I couldn’t find an Engsub.

In conclusion, these factors/ features are the most impressive one that I get while watching this Chinese TV show. I will analyse my own perspective regarding to culture differences and similarities about the show in my future post.

My understanding of “autoethnography”

When I started reading Ellis (et al. 2011)’s Autoethnography: An Overview, I found it quite complicated to understand but as I continued reading, it was very interesting and convincing as the order topic sentence- explain- example was used to provide a deeper understanding of the reading. Every part of the reading is well- organised with the number and label. The authors wrote it with supportive evidence and good explanation. It was divided into 5 parts: history of autoethnography, how to do it, how to write it, why it has been criticised.

Autoethnography is a method that helps to gain a better understanding of others:

‘Doing ethnography means studying a culture’s relational pratices, common values and beliefs, and shared experiences for the purpose of helping insiders and outsiders better understand the culture’ (Ellis et al. 2011)

Doing autoethnography is selectively writing about a crucial moment that have major impact on your life (called epiphanies) belonging to a particular cultural individual or reflecting a part of a culture (Ellis et al., 2011). When I was little, I used to write diary everyday to noted down my own emotions. This January, when I came home, I found it by chance and read again what I have written when I was small. It is really interesting as I can see ‘me’ reflecting through all the notes. It is funny not only in the way I wrote and how I grew my emotions along the events during that time but it is also a diary of my own adventure. So it becomes very unique as all the feelings and the ways I made sense of the world belongs to me myself.

diary

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diary-Wimpy-Kid-Book-Journal/dp/B00DINBOOC

One thing I agree about the reading is that it explained why autoethnography is widely used and sometimes believed but consider unprofessional.  Autoethnography is a method to deeply analyse a reading/ writing in relations to the author’s values (including background and culture). It is widely used as it connects people emotionally, supports different ideas without evidence. However, it weakness makes it target of criticism as it is merely based on biased view of life, too narrow and lack of data. When writing a report or a political analysis, what I normally need is the most supportive and relevant data which autoethnography does not have. So, in my point of view, doing/ writing autoethnography is a good approach but only in case of sharing your stories and being helpful for others.

In conclusion, Ellis (et al.2011)’s Autoethnography: An Overview is a quite analytical reading as it tells about the story and draws on how to write, how to autoethnography efficiently and why it is criticised. It is sure to be a choice for sharing your own stories to understand others’ views better.

References

Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. 2011 ‘Autoethnography: An Overview‘, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, vol.12, no.1 <http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3095&gt;

DIGC330 Week 1: My own perspective about Japanese movie “Godzilla”

Hello everyone. My name is Rose. I am from Vietnam. I am currently doing Bachelor of International Studies, major in International Relations. I choose DIGC330 as part of my minor (Communication and Media). When I looked at the subject outline and found out that I was going to have a three-hour lecture, I was pretty worried as I might not catch up as fast as other students. But today, the lecture was really interesting and very different from other subjects. We watched the black and white Japanese movie ‘Godzilla’. As I do not watch Japanese movie, there are a few points I found very interesting.

My first impression about the movie is that it is unreal. As I do not believe in Godzilla, I found it a little bit fictional. I did a small research on the internet and there are thousands of answers. But most of them seems to believe that it is unreal. However, one interesting point at the end of the movie is when the professor said there might be another Godzilla in the future as there would be more nuclear weapons and testing. I found out that Godzilla is believed to be a figure for nuclear weapons.

The second thing is that everyone seems to be very open-minded. As I watch a lot of Asian movies, there are always bad and good guys in the same movie. But interestingly in this movie, everyone seems to be open to other people’ suggestions and ideas, from the youngest to the oldest.

Thirdly, I think there is one Japanese value I found from the movie. It is “the praying”. After the villagers believe there are some kinds of monsters attacking the ships, they do the “praying ceremony” in order to drive away evil spirits.

Additionally, I found that the way the professor’s daughter cries is so weird. For me, it is not showing any sadness or apologise but simply offense.

In conclusion, it is a quite good experience to watch and perceive the movie in my own way as I can also learn about other people’ opinions/ perspectives of the movie. And this blog is just my own perspective so I hope I do not offense anyone. I hope that we can always have exciting assessments like this blog post in the future.