About Dean

Dean Pickles in Keimolanportti, Finland - a gas station town

An award-winning product manager, photographer, filmmaker, blogger, novelist and videogame creator, Dean 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 as (almost) “perfect” by The New York Times, “terrific” by Entertainment Weekly, and was a critic’s pick in both New York Magazine and Salon.com, while his autobiographical documentary Poultry in Motion: Truth is Stranger Than Chicken was hailed as “fearlessly honest” by MSN. His cult travel site AsiaObscura.com has been featured in the pages of The Daily Mail, The Weekly World News, and The China Daily, among countless others; his writings on film have been included in a series of books by Focal Press; and his recipes have been subjects of mocking disbelief in Bon Appétit and The Village Voice.

I currently live in Beijing Bangalore San Francisco Los Angeles, where I’m writing espionage novels for kids.

Many of the photos on the site were taken by my girlfriend Woo, who comes up with half of our project ideas.

You can contact me by emailing “asiaobscura” at Google’s “gmail.com” service.

8 Responses to About Dean

  1. Mickey says:

    Lol this is so cracked, Ive bookmarked your space under ‘wtf’ and ‘cool quirky’ 😮

  2. Naresh says:

    Interesting foreigner eye in most of yr pictures..We guys just don’t see these vignettes..Do yu live in Shantinagar…I am an architect with an office below the really big trees …and have an off-off—EveryWay Film Club that meets every saturday at 4 on my roof terrace theatre…do come if yu are yu a are a movie fan..3 rd floor 10/2 O’Shaughnessy road ..above the canara Bank..langford town branch

    • Andy Deemer says:

      Sounds really interesting… live around the corner from you. Shoot me an email at asiaobscura -at- gmail! (What movie are you showing this weekend?)

  3. Fee says:

    This is an awesome blog, it’s absolutely hilarious. Will be revisiting often, I have a lot of posts to catch up on. Why isn’t this site a bigger thing?

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