This week I introduced myself to the wonderful world of ‘Digital Asia’. This is a topic I am really interested in studying for the upcoming semester. More importantly though, I was able to reconnect myself with the process of live-tweeting. Even though this isn’t something that is new to me, my first live tweeting experience for this study has taught me a lot about how I perceive different cultures and how other cultures may see myself.
I personally come from an Australian cultural background. I have not been brought up under any beliefs or religions and have only been accustomed to the traditions within my family that are non-cultural. Although, my Australian culture has allowed me to be a part of national traditions too, and adapt my personality to what other cultures may stereotype as ‘classic Aussie bogan’.
Australia is an extremely multicultural country and I feel as though sometimes it can be difficult to define Australian culture for this reason, other people may feel different about this perspective but it does cause me to think a lot harder about what my cultural background is really defined as. This has opened my eyes to a lot of different cultures which I am truely grateful for, but it has also shown me that there is still a lot I am unaware about, specifically when it comes to ‘ASIA’.
Drawing on the 1954 film ‘Gojira‘ (a.k.a Godzilla), I definitely underestimated the power of Japanese film and its framework. At first it was difficult to make sense of the film, living in Australia and not often being surrounded by a lot of Japanese cultural influences I was unsure of how to break it down for myself. I had to rely upon some other sources to gather an informative background to what the film was about and where the story originated from. A blogger I found that goes under ‘Giant Bomb‘, opened my eyes to the significant symbolism I was missing. “Godzilla represented the destruction and fear of nuclear weapons and energy in Japanese society in the wake of the Second World War and American occupation”.
What I DID gather from locating resources & analysing the film:
– Godzilla was a representation of the change Japan endured after the war
– Godzilla was a representation of the impotence of their military power
– Japan had distinct imperial aspirations
Live-tweeting was also an important tool that contributed to this understanding of the film, being able to engage with other people’s thoughts as well as express my own was a valuable experience, particularly with a film I was very unsure about breaking down.
Check out some of the live-tweeting action below!