Author: LilyCarr

Second year BCM student at UOW, body activist, professional human being

It’s not all bintang singlets and Kuta beach – My autoethnographic experience through my DA

Lily Carr

Following on from my previous blog post, my research continues towards my digital artefact, encompassing traditional Indonesian cuisine. Through my initial research, I uncovered that the cuisine this country offers spreads across an extremely wide spectrum, flavours and spices differing depending on your geographical location. Because of this, I have decided to focus my DA on the food specifically from the volcanic island of Bali. Balinese food is known for its diversity, typically including rice, loads of spices, fresh vegetables and meat. My autoethnographic experience will be captured through a video of my attempt at creating a traditional Balinese staple, with my research embedded in a blog post, including photos and screenshots as well. As autoethnography suggests, it is the combination of autobiographical research with ethnographical research. In my models of research, I endeavour to bridge the concepts of autoethnography with my experiences of the process.

Through the process of…

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My DA…. sort of

Lily Carr

Coming into this subject I honestly had no idea what to expect. The subject outline was so far from my comfort zone that it intrigued me. So I basically threw myself into the deep end delving deep into the perplexing notions of individual autoethnographic research.

“Autoethnography is an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyze personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.” (Ellis, C., Adams, T.E., and Bochner, A.P. (2011) ‘Autoethnography: An Overview’, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12:1.) . If you have read my first blog post on Gojira (insert link here) you will be familiar with my segregated upbringing and lack of exposure to diverse cultures. This made me extremely nervous to subject myself to a class so rich in content I was unfamiliar with. But there’s a first for everything, right? My first black and white film (Gojira), my first film in…

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Anime? Nah, who’s that?

Lily Carr

And we’re back with another instalment of ‘Lily exposed to a style of film she has never watched before’.

This week in class we watched the 1988 classic Anime film: Akira. As you have already assumed, I had never watched anime until this morning. The only anime I ever knew of was Pokemon, if that is even considered anime (Excuse my uncultured upbringing). I knew that anime was a Japanese type of cartoon, however it was never something I even considered watching – and as you can imagine, my lack of culture exposure in the past did not help me in attempting to make sense of this film.

With no pre conceived ideas on anime, I kind of created my own context for the film, hoping I would be able to follow the storyline easier. I may not have seen anime before, however I did watch my far share of…

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Wait… you’re telling me there are films that weren’t directed in Hollywood?

Lily Carr

Picture this: A white girl from a white family attends a heavily white populated school in a white neighbourhood. Sounds psychotic, right? That girl is me.

As you can already tell, I come from a very long line of white people. So i guess you could call me ‘Australian’. Growing up I never got to embrace or experience a culture that wasn’t my own, which really bothered me. Born and bred in ‘The Shire’, I was sheltered and bound to the superficial ‘genuine’ Australian culture it claims to have and the people that populate it.

Early on, none of my friends had even travelled outside of the Shire let alone overseas which we all thought was normal.
All of our high school excursions and trips stayed within our little segregated ‘slice of heaven’. I know what you’re thinking, it sounds like she’s part of a cult. You’re right, it was…

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