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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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.

References:

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

Food Delivery Service

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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)

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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

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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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Virtual Love over Real Women – The Dying Dating Culture of Japan Part 2

Simmi & Diaries

A culture is a mixture of ideas, customs, and social behaviour of group of people, and through exposure we get to not just experience but also understand it better. Culture is expressed through various means, one is able to show their beliefs through their clothing, food, behaviour and art. Its complexity is explored in many ways, mythology, philosophy, literature and science, all aim at investigating different aspects of culture. The phenomenon is learned through the transmission of the cultural concepts in human societies. In a similar manner, I aim at better understanding the sub-culture of virtual girlfriends within the Japanese communities by exploring the essence of their lifestyle.

Virtual girlfriends are a growing trend in Japan, the men are infatuated with the online female characters, whom possess life-like qualities. The virtual girlfriends are taken care of by their “masters” being the player, they feed them, give them baths, flowers, while…

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The Invasion of Wechat: Part Two

In the previous Blog, I talked about an App which was getting very popular in Hong Kong called " WeChat". WeChat can be used in many aspects such as payment, chatting, entertainment, and etc. Also, I wrote an autoethnography on my own experience of it and I wrote my autoethnography on WeChat is that it is gradually getting very popular in Hong Kong and nearly all the shops accept WeChat Pay and I want to find out that whether WeChat Pay will take over Cash payment or surpass other online payment platforms Like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. I want to do further research and dig up all the information which is making WeChat so popular in Hong Kong and why people would choose WeChat Pay over other payment methods.

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In a Reading by “Carolyn Ellis, Tony E. Adams & Arthur P. Bochner", it teaches us and tells us how to write an Autoethnography and what you should include and do in it. As referenced in Ellis et al(2011) “Autoethnography is a way to deal with research and composing that tries to portray and deliberately examine individual involvement so as to comprehend social experience.". This fundamentally implies the creator of an autoethnography is entrusted with portraying their recorded encounters and smoothly articulated them.

 

In the reading, it tells us the first thing which is “Doing the AutoEthnography: The Process", in which it stated that " an author retroactively and selectively writes about past experiences and the author does not live through these experiences solely to make them part of a published document; rather, these experiences are assembled using hindsight." It means you select a past experience you had and those experience were not just made to be published. Also, it says in the reading that those moments " impact the trajectory of a person’s life". As referenced in Ellis et al(2011) “Autoethnography is a way to deal with research and composing that tries to portray and deliberately examine individual involvement so as to comprehend social experience.". This fundamentally implies the creator of an autoethnography is entrusted with portraying their recorded encounters and smoothly articulated them.

Moreover, Ellis C tells us that not just our own experiences, we may also interview other people to help recall and also to enhance your Autoethnography. In my previous blog, I  wrote down my past experience as well as questioned my friend regarding my autoethnography but I think I should ask more people since those questions were not enough plus it was only answers from one person only. What I have to do is to interview mainlanders who use WeChat and why would they use that particular app and why do they think Hong Kong people are adapting to WeChat/ WeChat Pay too. Besides interviewing, I, myself will also experience the App" WeChat" to figure out what is so special in WeChat? Why is it so popular and why everyone is starting to use it. I will also go out to see which store is accepting  WeChat and will analysis how popular it is in Hong Kong.

The second thing Ellis C told us to do is called " Writing the AutoEnthnography: The Product". In my second blog, I have mentioned what it means but I will tell once again. By writing it gives the readers abstract thinking. Autobiographers can make writings stylish and reminiscent by using the technique of showing which gives the reader the feeling that they are in the scene especially bringing them into thoughts, emotions, and actions in order to achieve the “experience an experience”. For me, my 3rd blog was more of an experience and I did not give a lot of feeling into it but I kind of have described the scenes and show them how the situation was and what was going on. I think I should give more details into the story and give it more of a feeling and make it more interesting. In order to make a better Autoethnography, you have to be both observer and the person being observed, that is why I will not only observe mainlanders using WeChat and the popularity of it rising, I will also use WeChat myself as I have mentioned earlier to make my autoethnography better.

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There are many ways to write an autoethnography like narrative ethnographies, native ethnography, indigenous ethnography and etc. For my autoethnography, I  would be using narrative ethnography. “Narrative ethnographies refer to texts presented in the form of stories that incorporate the ethnographer’s experiences into the ethnographic descriptions and analysis of others.”  This method is the best for me because I have to encounter and observe why WeChat is being popular and taking over in Hong Kong since I have already observed some people already.

In conclusion, for my autoethnography, I compared by Blog 3 and find out things I should do which is observe more, do interviews with mainlanders who uses WeChat and also experience myself what is so special about WeChat. Also, I have to add more feeling and emotion to my autoethnography as well as making it interesting and giving it more details. At last the method I would be using is narrative ethnography.

REFERENCE

  1. Ellis, C., Adams, T. E., & Bochner, A. P. (n.d.). Autoethnography: An Overview. Retrieved from http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/view/1589/3096
  2. humzahumzii.wordpress.com/digc330/
  3. Why Chinese Consumers love Wechat ? (2018, January 12). Retrieved from https://www.marketingtochina.com/wechat-popular-chinese-consumers/
  4. Skinner, C. M. (2018, February 03). Tencent’s WeChat Pay is AliPay’s major rival. Retrieved from https://thefinanser.com/2018/02/tencents-wechat-pay-alipay-major-rival.html/