Reflection on Empathy and Bias Week

I thought the article “War in Translation: Giving Voice to the Women of Syria” was an exceptionally thought provoking article, filled with heartfelt stories and symbolic words. The article mainly sheds light on the daily struggles that the women of Syria had to endure in the year 2016. Throughout the article the author does not really establish an argument, the article is mostly a descriptive literary work. It is a beautiful and heartfelt portrayal of an extremely saddening situation that is unfortunately true. Her provoking use of imagery and perceptive use of language allow the reader to become emotionally invested and captivated with all those phenomenal women. Not only does she reflect on stories of distress and displacement, she also places emphasis on the beautiful complexity of the Arabic language. Mounzer expresses how strong and meaningful the Arabic language is and how the Arabic terms are loaded with deeply rooted emotions and background stories that the English terms cannot simply comprehend nor convey with such passion. She ravels into an intimate relationship with words and dissects them to their core in order to derive the word to its utmost capacity and rejuvenate its applicable meaning in translation.

As per the class discussions, some of the things mentioned were extremely shocking and very disappointing. I was in utter disbelief about how some people so bluntly explain their racist and discriminant thoughts, but I admired the Professor’s patience with them and her efforts to explain to them where they went wrong. Adding to this, the two games we played in class, Spent and Syrian refugee, were very fun and very entertaining. I liked in Spent that we were constantly put in different real life situations and I liked that I got the chance to examine myself and see how would I react and how do I organize my priorities according to my financial position and the existing circumstances. However, the Syrian refugee game was of course not as amusing because the situations and the choices were very intense and it ended after only six questions. These were the most interesting learning experiences about empathy and bias for me.

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