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Abstract: This powerful first-person memoir-style case tells the story of a Western journalism teacher in post-war Cambodia where, amidst near-ubiquitous hardship and tragedy, she finds herself drawn to one individual tragedy--that of a woman she encounters in a hospital corridor.
Learning Objective: This ethics case raises questions about the role of personal experience in shaping behavior and commitments. Amidst a panorama of tragedy, why should any case attract or merit special attention? Does professional work in this instance, a writer's effort to train a functioning free press complement or substitute for acts of individual assistance?