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
Here’s some background on Kitty Genovese.