Dr. Oliver Wang is an associate professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and the Los Angeles Times as well as his own audioblog, Soul-Sides.com.
LOCATION: South Pasadena/SGV
EXPERTISE: Popular culture/music, race/ethnicity, noodle soups
INSPIRATION: The complex, ugly/beautiful histories of communities in Los Angeles
FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN YOUR AREA: The Arroyo
ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU'D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: James Baldwin, circa mid-1960s, in Paris
PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Ambient cafe noise
WHY YOU LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE: Food, food, food
California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.
Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.
Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.
At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.
Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.
Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.
A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.
Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.
Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.