POST: Ethnography Beyond Text and Print: How the Digital Can Transform Ethnographic Expressions

Wendy Hsu (City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs) asks in the final post of a four-part On Digital Ethnography series for Ethnography Matters, “If ethnography is an investigation of how a group of people sense and know their world, then how do we express that while staying true to its structure of epistemology?”

Hsu argues that, depending on what is being studied, the use of multimedia components is essential to understanding the experience of a particular person or group. Among the examples provided is the Hi-Fi Collection, “a place-based multimedia story about Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown” that illustrates how a mapping platform (Hypercities) can be used to provide a richer sense of how Filipino immigrants moved across the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area over time.

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This post was produced through a cooperation between Jolie Braun, Francesca Livermore, Jane Nichols, Chella Vaidyanathan, and Krista White (Editors-at-large for the week), Zach Coble (Editor for the week), and Caro Pinto and Roxanne Shirazi (dh+lib Review Editors).