The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Last Few Days

The taxidermy school days ended as they began: just plain weird. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final … Continue reading “The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Last Few Days”

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Day Seven

I finished my first animal!!! “Mommy, why can’t I go outside and play?” Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: … Continue reading “The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Day Seven”

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Days Four to Six

Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: My First Stuffed Dog The Last Few Days: The Final Exams Mr Zhou’s a generous man. He loves to hand out … Continue reading “The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Days Four to Six”

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Day Three

Day One started with flaying a dog, and Day Two started with flaying a baby dog. So when day three started with Teacher Liu saying, over breakfast, “I think you’ll do a sheep’s head today,” I cheered with glee. I almost spilled my bowl of fresh soy milk & nescafe. Intro: Setting the Scene Day … Continue reading “The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: Day Three”

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Second Day

That first day was a trial. We’d flayed a dog’s legs, and worked the bones from the feet.  But that was nothing compared to the second. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We … Continue reading “The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The Second Day”

The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The First Day

“Was he killed?” asked Xiao Li, as he was carefully slicing around the ear, trying to get at the tendon inside. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day Three: When The Booze Comes Out Days Four to Six: When We Eat the Dog Day Seven: … Continue reading “The Chinese Taxidermy Diaries: The First Day”

Off to Taxidermy School

Woo and I have long shared a love of stuffed animals, so it’s time to make it true. This morning, we’re driving off to Songzhuang Artists Village with two lads from Harbin for a 10-day taxidermist training workshop. Intro: Setting the Scene Day One: Stuffing the Big Dog Day Two: But These Aren’t Squirrels Day … Continue reading “Off to Taxidermy School”

Philadelphia CheeseSteak Ice Cream

“That’s possibly the worst idea I’ve ever heard.” Michelle didn’t use these words lightly. She didn’t say this when I’d suggested we fly across the country to a park staffed by 108 dwarfs, or we hand-feed live animals to hungry tigers, or we train to become professional taxidermists. But evidently Michelle has her limits, too. … Continue reading “Philadelphia CheeseSteak Ice Cream”

About Andy Deemer & AsiaObscura

An award-winning photographer, filmmaker, blogger, novelist and videogame creator, Andy is currently at work on his third novel, Stormglass 3: [Redacted]. He recently served as the Managing Editor and Creative Director for the Chinese government’s largest English-language propaganda magazine, The World of Chinese. His fast-food activist feature Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead was celebrated … Continue reading “About Andy Deemer & AsiaObscura”