Thoughts on Virtual Dating in HK?

Simmi & Diaries

It is safe to say that, Japan’s obsession with virtual girlfriends might not turn into a global craze anytime soon. Although it has taken a slightly different turn in Hong Kong, it’s popularity has more to do with the unusualness of the culture rather than having them seek actual virtual partners. Yes. Individuals seemed rather amused by the trend, but has virtual reality really taken over the dating culture? To my surprise, many are not so fond of replacing their dating lives with virtual lovers, at least that’s how the Hong Kong youth feels about it.

With the help of my autoethnography research, I had a better understanding of the hidden depths of the culture and an insight into the personal experiences of the individuals. During the interview process, the interviewees were shown a short documentary on the rising trend of virtual dating in Japan, this documentary, filmed by Bloomberg. After…

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K-pop to Japanese teens

Vultures 8's

‘I’m like TT, just like TT’ have you ever listened to this song and realized this song immediately after that? This a line of lyrics from one of the most popular songs of TWICE, from the song ‘TT’ which have already got over four hundred million views on YouTube. K-pop has became a new trend that teenagers all over the world would listen to. In recent years, celebrities like TWICE started to aim at other Asia countries, Japan. They released songs like “Candy Pop" which is in Japanese to attract new audiences. Sold over 400k albums in 12 days after the album just released, also broke the record of Korean girls group selling in Japanese first day sales. K-pop culture spreading around the world that adapted into different version so as to gain higher reputation.

About a month ago, as it was Chinese Lunar New Year, I paid a visit…

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More about Japanese K-pop effect

Vultures 8's

Autoethnography is a research method that differ from those we used to see in scholar and literature, not just supported by scholars and article, but mainly supported by observation and or own experiences from the writer (Ellis, 2011). This methodology provide a new and interactive way to record incidents or phenomenon, also provided an alternative method to record things that might not have much scholars available, like ‘the daily life of a hobo’, can’t be recorded just by using articles but have to investigate and observe to gain relevant information.

As I have mentioned in my previous blog post, I have already observed how Japanese girl, Rina, react to music video from K-pop. Which is from another country in Asia. Further investigation and analysis will be needed to examine how music culture from a country is affecting Japan teenagers.

From the previous blog, the way that I record the process…

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Korean Wave: An Autoethnography

“Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze (graphypersonal experience(auto) in order to understand cultural experience (ethno)" (Ellis, 2004)

In my previous blog, I wrote about the things I observed and I once experienced when I was a huge fan of anything Korean related. Ellis stated that “people must use personal experience to illustrate facets of cultural experience" and I believe that is what happened to me in order to deeply understand Korean Culture. I learnt their language because of my immense love for the Korean Culture, I picked up some slangs, their habits and even delve into their drinking culture and their etiquette when eating in a Korean restaurant.

For my research, I wanted to do qualitative research on those who love Korean Culture. May it be K-pop, K-dramas, K-fashion or Korean Food. I based my research on personal experience, observing, and interviewing friends and strangers who are into the Korean Culture.

Obersavtion and Interview

There are still a lot of young adults in my age who are still into K-pop. I was walking through the Olympic one night from work and there a public dance spot in Olympic station. Not only the Breakers practice there but also dance group who does K-pop dance covers. I could hear K-pop music blasting, people dancing step by step to every song that played and to my surprise, they know the steps to each song that played. It reminded me of when I was also like them. I grew out it but it was nostalgic to see others do it.

I have a lot of friends who love K-pop especially my local friends. I asked them what attracts them to these K-pop idols and most of them said that it’s because they are so attractive and charismatic. It makes them want to be like them. An aspiring K-pop star. Some of them said that K-pop is the reason why they started dancing.

Personal Experience

Back when I was still in secondary school form 4 – 5, I was a huge fan of the K-pop group, BTS a.k.a Bangtan Sonyeondan or Bangtan Boys. Ever since their debut (a term in Korea which means their first ever appearance into the entertainment world), I was taken by them. Let’s be honest, I wasn’t taken by them because of their talent, I was taken by them because of their looks. They were all so attractive and good looking, I researched BTS more and found myself falling deeper with them. BTS wasn’t the first K-pop group I fell in love with. I was an old school K-pop fan. Back when the old school K-pop group were still a thing like 2NE1, Big Bang, 2PM, Girl’s Generation, etc.

Autoethnography helps us understand an individual’s world through rich data, first-hand information, and personal experience. Through personal attestation from an individual whose culture you’re researching about helps researchers like us students and readers understand how these individuals experience their certain culture or sub-culture. Providing a better understanding of the topic or culture.

I researched on K-pop and the Korean Culture here in Hong Kong and I’ve experienced it first-hand and observed it from afar. I am writing this blog so I can let other readers who are interested know about the Korean Culture. When writing an Autoethnography, it is also like writing a story, creating and enforcing emotions while writing and reading the piece. To get the mechanics in the brain working. Providing factual evidence, interview sessions or other research materials helps explain, the autoethnography piece is able to grab the attention of researchers or casual readers.

Writing an autoethnography is like a new world to me especially as a blogger. It really helped me look into writing as a therapeutic way to release. Ellis (2015) stated that “Writing personal stories can also be therapeutic for participants and readers." So it is also comforting to know that people can actually gain knowledge through reading blogs like what we’re doing in BCMs.


  • Ellis, C (2015). Autoethnography: Understanding Qualitative Research. 198 Madison Avenue, New York, N& 10016: Oxford University Press

Food Delivery Service

Phoebe Blog

In my personal automated ethnographic research, I will study the delivery culture of Hong Kong. Once, I told my friends that I will be the theme of food delivery culture in Hong Kong. I still remember that she told me that delivery which is takeaway, it is the reason why human beings are lazy. It’s not a culture and feasibility of research. But I don’t think so. Because I think that the takeaways referred to in Hong Kong are equally taken away, but there may be more people who need to go to the store put the food in person. And the delivery is the ability to have the person personally send the food to the customer’s door or hand to facilitate the customer.

When I started to contact the food delivery program, I was in mainland China. The Chinese delivery business was very fast, and they had a lot…

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My Narrated Experience (BLOG 4)

Give it a CHohANCE

In my previous blog, I talked about my experience of online shopping with myprotein and also mentioned about my quantitative research where I asked my friends a few questions regarding online shopping for example what attracts them to shop online and reasons not to shop online. I also provided some stats that I got to know from a documentary which I recently watched on TVB. Through all this, I got a better understanding of the attitudes and behavior towards online shopping in HK. As I mentioned in last my blog that I had this fear of getting scammed through online shopping and thankfully I have conquered that fear of mines and ever since then my online shopping experience has always been great. But through my quantitative research one of the reasons for people not to shop online was also being afraid of getting scammed.

In this blog, my aim is to understand…

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Autoethnography on Crane Game

CECI's World

In the last blog, I mentioned Crane Game. Crane Game can be said to have attracted attention from all over the world because of Japan’s driving. I remember that I used to play Crane Game since I was a child, but there were only three claws. When I grew up, the foreign culture slowly flowed into Hong Kong, including Japanese culture, I realized that there was also a UFO mode (when claws or two claws).

Ethnographers do this by becoming participant observersin the culture—that is, by takingfield notes of cultural happenings as well as their part in and others’ engagement with these happenings (GEERTZ 1973; GOODALL 2001). My first contact with UFO was at the NAMCO arcade in Hong Kong. NAMCO is a well-known Japanese manufacturer of video games and arcade games. It also have NAMCO arcade in Japan. There are many arcades in the NAMCO arcade…

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