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Analyzing Vietnamerica

I have published my Analyzing Vietnamerica project. I found that this was the most time consuming project that we had this semester. I had to first read the Carolyn Ellis essay several times to understand what an autoethnography was and then decide if Vietnamerica was one. After deciding that Vietnamerica was an autoethnography, I had to develop an argument with examples from Vietnamerica. This part was difficult because Vietnamerica is extremely confusing. If you would like to read my argument visit the project here.

,Greer

Analyzing Vietnamerica

FullSizeRenderFor my Analyzing Vietnamerica project I wanted to let the Ellis text speak for itself, which enabled the aspects of Vietnamerica that I focused on to come out seamlessly along the way. I think I did a good job explaining the aspect that were autoethnographic, and had a strong counter argument to show that Tran was just telling the story of him and his family.  I believe that something like an autoethnography requires a certain kind of intentionality and foresight, and I do not believe Tran was trying to make an autoethnography.  I tried to show, and I think I was pretty successful, that memoirs by nature, especially in the case of Vietnamerica (or ones of immigrant families), will inevitably incorporate aspects of autoethnography.  Either way, I hope you enjoy my project. You can find my Analyzing Vietnamerica project here. And you can find the assignment page for this project here. (slo2slo3)

Analyzing Vietnamerica

Analyzing Vietnamerica was no easy task. Aside from the fact that the story is dense and hard to follow, I was relatively unfamiliar with the term ‘autoethnography.’ We had spoken about it some in class, but still found that I had some confusion. Ellis, Adams and Bochner’s essay helped to further comprehend what it is. It is finally done! Hope you like it. Click here to access the guidelines to the project.

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