I was talking to a friend Sunday night or early Monday morning and we wound up on the topic of vampires. I mentioned not all vampires followed the traditional vampire route – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire. I have studied some other types of vampires including some Asian vampires, but had not studied Chinese vampires. I came across the Jiangshi who are Chinese hopping vampires or hopping zombies – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiangshi (Wikipedia description is pretty gruesome). There appears to be fiction and films based on them.
I grew up on Dark Shadows where a main character was a Dracula type vampire. I also played Role-Playing Games (RPGs) where you had different types of vampires, mostly along the line of Dracula, but some included Asian and other non-European versions. I don’t recall seeing this Chinese version either as a vampire or zombie.
As a result of watching Dark Shadows, I became interested in learning about other vampire types. Unlike today, it wasn’t as easy as going to Wikipedia or doing an online search. I was able to find some articles and movies that focused on other types of vampires. Later, RPGs included a few non-Dracula type vampires.
It was interesting because various vampire types had different limitations and abilities than other vampire types. Some could go out in the daytime and not be affected by direct sunlight. The ways to get rid of them also varied. You couldn’t rely on ethnic background as a vampire could choose a different nationality to infect.