A Bollywood Affair: Digital Asia Autoethnography

Years ago, I stumbled upon a Bollywood film, Om Shanti Om. But I've never seen a Bollywood film since. And, that's about to change.

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Why Katy Perry’s Cultural Appropriation is Problematic

Cultural appropriation occurs when people within a dominant culture use the stories, styles, motifs, and objects of a subordinated culture without appropriate reciprocity, permission, compensation or research in a manner that is ignorant of the group's cultural context (Han 2019 pp. 9-10) (Matthes 2018 pp. 1004-1005).

It’s review time, Pitches

Feedback is the most important tool for project development. Without it, important insights may be missed, and integral problems may never arise to be addressed. I will be reviewing project pitches from Michelle and Sunny.

Akira (1988): A Reflection

This week, I watched an anime film for the first time. It was vastly different than expected. Upon reflecting on the practices of auto-ethnography, the experience of live-tweeting the screening and my own cultural framework I was able to realise the vast influence Akira has had on pop culture everywhere.

Akira: The Anime That Changed The World

Akira is a true masterpiece whose influence lives on 30 years later thanks to global media flows. It has influenced global culture in countless ways through the process of hybridisation.

Why Stranger Things is a Global Success

It's no secret that Stranger Things has taken the world by storm. The Netflix Original has inspired spoofs, bars, designer fashion shows, video games and an international sing-along named the 'Neverending Challenge', truly becoming a pop-culture phenomenon. But, if audiences "tend to reject cultural products... too distant from their own cultural realities" (Straubhaar, 2014) how can this be?