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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More about Tik Tok Culture

  After writing the previous blog about the Tik Tok culture from Mainland China, I am ready to observe and study more about this topic, so as to learn further funny experiences from my surrounding environment. Referring to the reading about overview on autoethnography (Ellis et al, 2011), we should not only focus on personal experience, but the community and fieldwork, for example do an interactive interview with participants of certain cultures. It can provide an “in-depth and intimate understanding of people’s experiences with emotionally charged and sensitive topics”, it means that it is more precise and show us the truth of the culture phenomenon, without putting too much on personal emotions that may affect the information and description from the researcher, it definitely can help me to write a comprehensive study on Tik Tok culture.

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  So, I am going to start up some short interview question on a questionnaire by using Google form, included open-ended question for my interviewee. My target participants would be my friend from other countries or other cultures, maybe Pakistan or Indian. They are in a very different culture comparing to me, they should have unique and cutting-edge opinion to my topics. We know that human memory is fallible, so I am impossible to write a report to represent what I experienced and my actual feeling.

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  There are lots of Hong Kong youngsters playing Tik Tok, the number is still keep increasing, they are influenced by the mainland China more than foreign country culture, we would rather choose Wechat, Weibo, Alipay, but not Whatsapp, Facebook or Creditcard. I would like to find out the reason behind and how people from different nationality or cultural background think about this trend, will they addict to it or just want to have a glance.

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  India having the most Tik Tok active user that I have mentioned in Blog 3 according to its database. The localisation strategy of Tik Tok make a good cultural connection with people who live India, creating relevant and localised flavour content along with global trends, for example it will promote Bollywood celebrities like Shahid Kapoor, Jaclyn Fernandes and many more, also their own movies or brands. On the other hand, I also want to find out more about part of the Indian public call for Tik Tok ban due to Cultural degeneration, they consider those videos on Tik Tok are just dances and songs presented in a vulgar way, and serious cyber bullying case from children on Tik Tok, there are suicide reported after user mocked for videos they upload on the application, it will be an important issue and cultural conflict towards India.

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.


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.


  1. Ellis, C., Adams, T. E., & Bochner, A. P. (n.d.). Autoethnography: An Overview. Retrieved from
  3. Why Chinese Consumers love Wechat ? (2018, January 12). Retrieved from
  4. Skinner, C. M. (2018, February 03). Tencent’s WeChat Pay is AliPay’s major rival. Retrieved from

Blog 4 – Japanese Virtual Singer (part 2)


In the previous blog, I have mentioned Japanese virtual singer Miku and its culture would be the topic of my individual project of Digital Asia. So in this blog I will let you know more about how I am going to do it and in what way I will get to how this culture to influence people and what people and its fans think about it. Also I will talk about it and try to use the way of Autoethnography to explain it.

Base on my understanding of Autoethnography and the reading Draw on the Ellis et al (2011), Autoethnography is a method to do a qualitative reseach and about to seek to describe and systematically analyze, peronal experience in order to understand any kind of cultural experiences. Like I said in the blogs recently, people are always desire to know more, learn more. So that’s why people love doing research…

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Blog 4 – Developing a Smart City II

ADAM's BCMS 18-19

Autoethnography is the research object and the research subject are integrated, which constitutes a clear distinction with the traditional ethnography. Use the personal experience of the subject to describe, criticize, practice and experience. Autoethnography contains and highlights the subjectivity of researchers, rather than trying to limit it like empirical research. (Ellis, 2011)


Singapore’s development into a smart city is very fast. It’s far from Hong Kong. Regardless of the software and hardware support and the cooperation of the people is also very perfect. The initial construction of the planning project mainly includes the establishment of ultra-high-speed, wide-coverage, intelligent, secure and reliable information infrastructure to meet the requirements of high-speed bandwidth, mobility, privacy, security and affordable price for individual and enterprise users. Lay a good foundation for economic growth and social development.


In the past two to three years, I have traveled to Singapore as a tourist for three to four…

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Blog #3 The raise Thailand’s beauty products online shopping


In the recents years, Thailand’s movies and TV series have started to get people’s attention like the big hit “Bad Genius" in 2017, people started to notice that Thailand was not just making horror movies. Referring to South Korean culture, Thailand’s producers started to produce some shows with the similar style, hair and makeup especially in men’s makeup. The images of those artists had brought a huge effect to the people of their sense of beauty and raising the awareness of personal images, therefore the number of Thai shopped online for beauty products has raised every years.

“EcommerceIQ" had conducted a survey in 2018 about the behaviour and reasons of Thai’s people shopping beauty products on online store. The result of the survey stated that the most concerned aspect of online shopping was the price on the website cheaper than the retail store. They also discovered the average of…

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South Koreans and their gaming Part 2

Blog #4

Fazal Ihtisham

In my previous blog post, I documented one of my own autoethnographic experiences (Go read it if you haven’t). In this blog, I will breakdown how I used this method to analyze and express the autoethnographic experience.

As mentioned in Ellis et al(2011) “Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.". This basically means that the author of an autoethnography is tasked with painting a clear picture of their documented experiences and eloquently put them into words.

In the previous blog, I decided to write about an experience I had in an internet cafe. Five Koreans were observed playing a game called “League of legends" and how they interacted with the game and other people around them while in game. Qualitative research method was used in this scenario.

An ethnography is done to better understand…

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