This article takes place in not one taxi, but all the taxis I have caught in Timor-Leste, encapsulating first encounter conversations I have had across the country, where my “otherness” as a Señora, an Australian who towers over the local population is contrasted to my knowledge of the country. I take a reflexive approach to explore how my identity as a work colleague and researcher has been constructed by many factors. Such encounters as I typify here challenge me to consider who I am and what is expected of me as a sensitive and ethical adviser and researcher.
Intercultural Research, Reflexivity, Timor-Leste
Thank you to the two anonymous reviewers for their comments to help me edit this paper for better clarity. Their advice was appreciated. Thanks also to my colleague Dr Don Carter for reading early drafts and encouraging me to write about this aspect of my work.
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Recommended APA Citation
Quinn, M. (2020). “Señora, diak!”: Co-Constructed Identity of a Foreigner in Timor-Leste. The Qualitative Report, 25(9), 3312-3321. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2020.4518