The Study of Ethnocultural Empathy in a Pluralistic Society: Exploring Inter-Ethnic Relationships Among Javanese and Chinese Children in Surakarta


  • Lyu Shunchao Faculty of Social Science Arts and Humanities, Lincoln University College, Malaysia
  • Thilaagheswary A/P Thangadurai Faculty of Social Science Arts and Humanities, Lincoln University College, Malaysia



This study conducts a qualitative research analysis to examine the levels of ethnocultural empathy among Javanese and Chinese children in a diverse population, encompassing both cognitive and affective aspects as well as the ability to express empathetic thoughts and emotions towards individuals from diverse ethnocultural backgrounds. Data was collected through focus group discussions and oral interviews involving sixteen male and female students from multi-ethnic schools in Surakarta, Indonesia. The findings indicate that participants recognized the importance of empathizing with others as an initial step toward developing ethnocultural empathy. Those who engaged in interactions with individuals from diverse backgrounds demonstrated higher levels of ethnocultural empathy. In the educational setting, both ethnic groups were encouraged to show mutual respect for each other's cultural heritage. The study highlights the pivotal role of empathy in fostering social cohesion, enabling each group to better understand and relate to the circumstances of others.


Ethnocultural Empathy, Javanese and Chinese Children, Cultural Heritage, Cultural Diversity


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How to Cite

Shunchao, L., & Thangadurai, T. A. . (2023). The Study of Ethnocultural Empathy in a Pluralistic Society: Exploring Inter-Ethnic Relationships Among Javanese and Chinese Children in Surakarta. International Journal of Emerging Issues in Social Science, Arts and Humanities ( IJEISSAH), 2(1), 123-135.