ABSTRACT

This chapter focuses on autoethnography as a method grounded in reflexivity, which refers to a careful examination of how the researcher’s past experiences, assumptions and perspectives affect their interactions with and interpretations of the research focus. In other words, autoethnography is a participatory, reflexive and observational research method that involves writing about the self in relation to the gamut of human conditions and practices. It involves the researcher crafting creative narratives about their personal experiences within a culture. This chapter includes my insider and/or outsider cultural knowledge of being a Hong Kong Chinese Australian female academic locally and globally. In my examination of diversity and differences in understanding British Chinese children’s experiences in sport, physical activity and health, I deploy a psychosocial approach to reflexivity and explore my own narratives to blur the boundaries between the researcher and the researched. This chapter further discusses the use of psychoanalytic autoethnography in creating a responsive approach to the psychic burden and pain in race/ethnic relations and in my work with communities of Chinese diasporic children in health, sport and education.