About

Dust_and_Grooves_0095Writing: Since 1994, I have been writing on pop music, culture, and politics for a variety of publications . 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 (sporadic) 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 first academic book comes out in April 2015: Legions of Boom. Published by Duke Univ. Press, 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.


Music: Thanks to my audioblog, Soul-Sides.com, I was able to produce my first official CD compilation in 2006, Soul Sides Vol. 1. The second volume followed in the spring of 2007.

Since 1993, I have been a DJ. I was at KALX FM in Berkeley for 10 years. I DJ private events in case you need one.


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.

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