Zhifan JI


This essay is about Neighborhood Ghost Stories/ “區區有鬼故”(Television Broadcasts Limited, TVB) in 2014 and examine televised haunting geography in Hong Kong. In each episode, Neighborhood Ghost Stories covers several haunted locales that are distributed in one district. In the first section, an overview is given to the ghost stories and their locales in one district. The next part is a short play of a haunting story featuring one locale, and an interview with experts on haunting is provided to end up an episode. It is rather clear that geographic perception predominantly frames the narratives of ghost stories, not matter how they are divided into district (like “區區”) or located in locales, like neighborhood. Spatiality and haunting with their relations are well depicted in the show, especially the first two parts are the focus of the investigation.

Such an investigation of televised haunting geography concerns first of all the construction of haunting neighborhood which primarily prefigures the overlapped zone for ghost and neighborhood. Moreover, emphasis is put on textual analysis of the ghost stories in the programme so as to examine the relationship between ghost and space. These combined analyses are convincingly capable of completing the understanding of ghost and spatiality by approaching the cultural investigation on haunting neighborhoods.

Recommended Citation

Ji, Z. (2019). Ghost, space and everyday life: A case study of "Neighborhood ghost stories". Cultural Studies@Lingnan, 64. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/mcsln/vol64/iss1/2/