All Episodes

September 2, 2020 60 min

We are joined by Ph.D. student Minwen Huang, who shares with us the history of the literary genre of Chinese Ghosts called Zhiguai, and how such beings (and literature) are viewed from ancient times to the present.

A wiki page about the character for "ghost":

Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture: Writings from the Pre-Qin Period through the Song Dynasty - a collection of Chinese stories including the Zhiguai stories of Gan Bao. 

Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling - a classic collection of weird tales and ghost stories.

A Chinese Ghost Story - 1987 Hong Kong action comedy-drama based on Zhiguai stories

Mr. Vampire - 1985 comedy horror film based on Chinese "Hopping Vampire" lore

Spooky Encounters - 1980 comedy horror with the incomparable Sammo Hung

Legend of the 7 Gold Vampires - 1979 Hammer/Shaw Brothers horror film

(Update: The Radio Lab episode on the computerization of Chinese characters.)

Mark as Played

Chat About MonsterTalk

Advertise With Us

Popular Podcasts

Crime Junkie
The Daily

The Daily

This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

Dateline NBC

Dateline NBC

Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeartRadio App.


    © 2021 iHeartMedia, Inc.