Ethnocultural Empathy in A Pluralistic Society: Inter-ethnic Relationships of Javanese and Chinese Children in Surakarta
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2019
First Page: 95
Last Page: 101
Publisher Id: TOPSYJ-12-95
Article History:Received Date: 03/12/2018
Revision Received Date: 13/02/2019
Acceptance Date: 06/03/2019
Electronic publication date: 28/03/2019
Collection year: 2019
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The present qualitative research described the ethnocultural empathy existing between Javanese and Chinese children in a pluralistic population.
Materials and Methods:
Data was collected using focus group discussions and oral interviews. Sixteen students (boys and girls) of multi-ethnic schools in Surakarta of Indonesia participated in the present study.
Results indicated that (1) participants acknowledged that they had to feel what other people felt, and it is the beginning of ethnocultural empathy; (2) participants who had interaction-experiences with those from different backgrounds seemed to have high levels of ethnocultural empathy; and (3) at school, both ethnic groups were taught to respect each other’s culture.
The present study indicated that empathy had a strategic role in building social strength. Using empathy, each group understood and felt conditions of other groups.