Oliver Wang
Oliver Wang

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.

Website: o-dub.com
Q&A

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

Recent Articles
Documenting Change: The Evolution of Grace Lee
Documenting Change: The Evolution of Grace Lee
Grace Lee's new documentary traces the ideological evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American activist who was once a leading intellectual of black nationalism.
Picture Perfect: The Fine Eyes of Location Scouts
Picture Perfect: The Fine Eyes of Location Scouts
For location scout Greg Campeau, few other cities like Los Angeles offer built and natural landscapes that manage to be both deeply iconic and conveniently generic.
The Southern Soul Spinners: Revolving Around the Eastside Sound
The Southern Soul Spinners: Revolving Around the Eastside Sound
The Southern Soul Spinners play R&B styles that go by different names in L.A.: oldies, slow-jams, and -- at least among Chicanos -- "firme rolas."
The Internet and the R&B Upgrade
The Internet and the R&B Upgrade
The R&B duo known as The Internet -- aka Sydney "Syd tha Kyd" Bennett and Matt "Martians" Martin -- performs "Dontcha" in the KCET Studios.
Run River North: Songs That Search for Home
Run River North: Songs That Search for Home
San Fernando Valley-based indie rock band Run River North performs their single "Growing Up" at the KCET Studios.
Building Strength: The Grassroots Growth of Asian American Hip-Hop In L.A. and Beyond
Building Strength: The Grassroots Growth of Asian American Hip-Hop In L.A. and Beyond
Producer/rapper Scott "Chops" Jung collaborated with Asian American rap and R&B artists to produce the new Asian American hip-hop compilation "Strength In Numbers."
The Grand Grotesquerie of Gabe Bartalos
The Grand Grotesquerie of Gabe Bartalos
"Abhorrence and Obsession" celebrates the surreal and fantastical worlds of special effects artist Gabe Bartalos.
Straight Outta K-Town: Dumbfoundead
Straight Outta K-Town: Dumbfoundead
The Korean American rapper Dumbfoundead, arguably K-Town's most visible and accomplished MC, speaks about his early days and offers his own guide to Koreatown.
Thirty Years of 'Style Wars'
Thirty Years of 'Style Wars'
"Style Wars," a 1983 documentary on the culture of New York graffiti crews of the late '70s and early '80s, had a large influence on L.A. graffiti writers.
Radio Sombra: Live and Direct from Boyle Heights
Radio Sombra: Live and Direct from Boyle Heights
The brainchild/labor of love of community organizer Marco Amador, Radio Sombra empowers community members to produce their own radio content.
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Community Arts

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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