Writing: Since 1994, I have been writing on pop music, culture, and politics for a variety of publications and outlets including. Currently, I contribute to National Public Radio, KCET’s Artbound, and KPCC’s Take Two. In the past, I’ve written for: Vibe, Wax Poetics, the LA Times, Oakland Tribune, Village Voice, SF Bay Guardian, URB, LA Weekly, Scratch, SJ Metro and Minneapolis City Pages, amongst others. I keep an online portfolio of my published work. I also keep a separate site, ChasingChan.com for my writing on Asian American cinema.
In 2003, I edited and co-authored the book, Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide.
Scholarship: I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at CSU-Long Beach, teaching courses in popular culture, social issues and race/class/gender.
My forthcoming Duke University Press book is entitled Legions of Boom, and it’s focused on Filipino American mobile DJ crews in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve also written on Asian Americans and hip-hop (1,2), retro soul music, and the critical geography of the Kogi BBQ truck, among other essays. A portfolio of my scholarly writing is available here.
I am available as a speaker for campus and community events.
Since 1993, I have been a DJ. I was at KALX FM in Berkeley for 10 years and I’m currently doing a show at Radio Sombra called the Shades of Soul.
Getting married? I do weddings (as well as club gigs and parties).
Personal:I reside in Los Angeles, along with my wife Sharon Mizota and daughter Ella.
Misc.: Besides Soul-Sides.com, I was also one of the co-founders of the parenting blog, Rice Daddies.
Contact: My general email is: oliverwang AT gmail.com. You can also find me at: facebook.com/owang.