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
Record Collectors in Their Natural Habitats: Eilon Paz Photographs Vinyl Addicts in the Wild
Record Collectors in Their Natural Habitats: Eilon Paz Photographs Vinyl Addicts in the Wild
New York-based photographer Eilon Paz has embarked on a tour across the U.S. capturing record collections and their respective owners. The artist has now come to L.A.
Soul of a Composer: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's Musical Thesis
Soul of a Composer: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's Musical Thesis
Despite appearing on over 300 recordings, musician Miguel Atwood-Ferguson might still be one of L.A.'s best-kept secrets.
Art of the LP: Making The Album Cover (Literally)
Art of the LP: Making The Album Cover (Literally)
When people think about "album cover art," they're usually focused on the image on the cover. But the cover/jacket itself, as a physical object, is also a product of creative, artistic processes.
L.A. ON LP: The Search for Locations on Classic Album Covers, Part 2
L.A. ON LP: The Search for Locations on Classic Album Covers, Part 2
Oliver Wang explores the different locations and time eras that are captured in the LP art of L.A.
L.A. ON LP: The Search for Locations on Classic Album Covers
L.A. ON LP: The Search for Locations on Classic Album Covers
Oliver Wang explores the different locations and time eras that are captured in the LP art of L.A.
In the Pocket with James Gadson: An Essential Mixtape
In the Pocket with James Gadson: An Essential Mixtape
If you've listened to pop music over the last 40 years, you've heard James Gadson. The musician is one of the most successful and prolific session players in history.
This Is Slick: A Conversation with Graffiti Writer/Clothing Designer Slick
This Is Slick: A Conversation with Graffiti Writer/Clothing Designer Slick
L.A. graffiti writer/street clothing designer Slick talks about working with Ice Cube, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. and Pharcyde, and why his iconic "L.A. Hands" don't belong to a certain mouse from Anaheim.
Visual Play: A Conversation With Designer Brent Rollins
Visual Play: A Conversation With Designer Brent Rollins
L.A. native Brent Rollins sits down with Oliver Wang to discuss his work as the art director of the lauded underground music magazine ego trip, his album cover designs for Spank Rock, Black Star, and Blackalicious, and his logos for Boyz N' The Hood and Mo' Better Blues.
Considering CityWalk: A Brief History of the Mall and Artificial Neighborhoods
Considering CityWalk: A Brief History of the Mall and Artificial Neighborhoods
Think LA's Citywalk is an amusement park or an "idealized reality" of city living? Oliver Wang investigates the forced perspective of one of LA's most perplexing attractions
The Altered Reality of 'K-Town'
The Altered Reality of 'K-Town'
The idea of a reality show, set in L.A.'s Koreatown, documenting the antics of young Asian Americans, made instant waves. As news of the show spread, the response to "K-Town" always combined amusement, outrage, and curiosity.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

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

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline

Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline

Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline

Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline

Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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