Empathy in the Global World: An Intercultural Perspective is ideal for a wide range of courses, including Conflict/Negotiation/Mediation, Intercultural Communication, and Interpersonal Communication.

A Global Imperative: The Unveiling of Empathy

A global imperative: The unveiling of empathy

In her powerful autobiography, In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story, Ghada Karmi (2002) tells a moving story about her confrontation with difference. Karmi describes what caused her family to leave Jerusalem when she was a child; the family's experience in their new home, the Golders Green area of London, England, where they were exiled; and their attempts to fit into English society. Karmi's mother never quite assimilated into the new culture because the mother's spirit remained in Palestine—rooted to the very spot where she had grown up. Anguished by exile and leaving and contained by a failure to grasp “what it would be like to live by someone else's light,” to ...

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