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When I saw an article from NPR about Chinese train passengers failing to help a stranger in need, I immediately thought about how to play on cultural differences in a story. What would happen to the person who fainted on the  train?
I thought about  the Good Samaritan story from the Bible. Someone helped the stranger, the “other.”
Then I remembered the Kitty Genovese story. She was a New York woman who was stabbed to death while dozens listened to her screams, but did nothing to help.
And when I thought about it some more, the plot I was imagining turned back on itself.
How do these true stories strike you?

Why Did Crowd Flee Shanghai Subway After Foreigner Fainted? : Parallels : NPR
http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/09/01/344033379/why-did-crowd-flee-shanghai-subway-after-foreigner-fainted?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140901

Here’s some background on Kitty Genovese.

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