BCM320 Digital ArteFact: Reading Top Comments: A Non-Canonical Way to Transcultural & Media Studies

As part of the Digital Asia (BCM320) subject, I have been developing a digital artefact (DA) addressing my individual autoethnographic experience and research into the Sinophone sphere. Initially inspired by the live-tweeting session of Guardian (2018; aka Zhen Hun) in BCM320, I gave a trial account of my independent autoethnographic investigation, which looks into the potential of translated Chinese netizens’ top comments in broadening cultural outsiders’ knowledge about the Sinophone world as well as the Chinese culture. Despite the media ritual of reading comments, as I became busier towards the end of the semester, I outlined a plan for the conducting of my research and related practices to ensure the progress of my DA. 

(You can find my digital artefact presentation at the end of this post or click the embedded link if you would like to read right away)

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BCM320 Blog Post 2: Positioning Myself in the Flow(s) of Cultures

After two consecutive weeks of exploring South Korea, I reached the third destination in my Digital (East) Asia (BCM320) journey – Japan – by examining Akira (1988), which is widely regarded as one of the greatest anime ever made.

Set in a dystopian 2019, Akira (1988) tells the story of how a secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics (IMDB)
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BCM320 Blog Post 1: (Re)considering My Lens of Viewing Asian Cultures: A Lesson from #TheHost Screening Session

Set along the Han River, The Host (2006) is a South Korean monster blockbuster, which around a middle-class family’s search-and-rescue attempt to save their youngest family member kidnapped by a monster emerging from the formaldehyde-contaminated river.
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BCM 241 Final Project: Emoji’s Potential to Become a Language in the Cybersphere: A Digital Ethnographic Research

In my research proposal, I have outlined some approaches and practices to conduct a digital ethnography about emoji usage. The 3 minute video below demonstrates my findings and thoughts about emoji.

I apologize for the sound quality. Please use your earphone/ headphone and turn up the volume to enjoy the video. I hope you enjoy this clip and any feedback is welcomed!

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Too Close, Too Far

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Image: Social media connection in the digital world by Yupiramos Group

 

Technology today has redefined how human communicate. Instead of face-to-face interaction, young generations prefer a more distant way of communicating with the help of technology. While some believe it supports the communication process in terms of time and space, the rest reckon that technology degrades the values of meaningful communication by isolating individuals for machine-dependence. In this case, I personally agree with the latter idea regarding how technology has cost our communication.

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