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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Why Chinese Consumers love Wechat ? (2018, January 12). Retrieved from https://www.marketingtochina.com/wechat-popular-chinese-consumers/
- 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/