Autoethnography is a research and writing method seeking to explain and systematically analyse personal experience as a means of understanding cultural encounters (Ellis 2004; Holman Jones 2005). Through autoethnography researchers aim to produce aesthetic and evocative in-depth accounts of both personal and interpersonal experience (Ellis et al. 2011). Self-reflexivity is a useful tool in autoethnography for allowing for relation towards experience and then also for critical investigation of the discourses that have developed from that experience (Saukko 2003, p. 93).
For the next four weeks, I will produce four blogs containing autoethnographic examinations of my live-tweeting alongside fellow UOW classmates during different Asian film and TV series screenings. Due to 2020’s remote learning COVID-19 circumstances, we are watching the same prescribed Asian texts together (though separately through our own Netflix streams) and live-tweeting with our subject hashtag “#BCM320“. This process is a means of using autoethnography to understand film text by using our tweets as data for analysis of personal and interpersonal cultural outlooks. During this autoethnographic process, at a minimum, it is essential to recognise my privilege and own cultural perspective – one that derives from being a caucasian, cisgender, heterosexual woman, who was born in Australia and has always lived in Western society. Each blog will expand upon this perspective, delving deeper into how it is reflected in these cross-cultural encounters by using self-reflexivity as a means to decode the discourse and perceptions formed.