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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Sociology
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ow.jpgDr. Oliver Wang, Associate Professor


Office: PSY-140 Phone: (562) 985–4600

Main Courses: Principles of Sociology (SOC 100), Social Problems (SOC 142), Popular Culture (SOC 447), Honors Thesis (488/89H), Arts, Culture and Los Angeles (UHP 101)

Research Interests: Popular culture/music, race and ethnicity, identity and community formation.

Education: B.A. Sociology, U.C. Berkeley, 1994

M.A., Ph.D. Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley, 2004

Selected publications:

Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews of the San Francisco Bay Area. Duke University Press (2015)

“Everybody Loves an Underdog: Learning From Linsanity.” Asian American Sporting CulturesEd. S. Thangaraj, C. Arnaldo, C. Chin. New York: NYU Press (2016): 75-101.

“Learning From Los Kogi Angeles: A Taco Truck and Its City.” Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader. Ed. R. Ku, M. Manalansan, and A. Mannur. New York: NYU Press (2013): 78-97.

“The Comfort Zone: Shaping the Retro-Soul Audience.” Pop When the World Falls Apart. Ed. E. Weisbard. Durham, NC: Duke University Press (2012): 201-29.

“The Journey of “Viva Tirado”: A Musical Conversation within Afro-Chicano Los Angeles.” Journal of Popular Music Studies, 22.4 (2010): 348-66.

“To Live and Dine in Kogi L.A..” Contexts (Fall 2009)

“Rapping and Repping Asian: Race, Authenticity, and the Asian American MC.” Alien Encounters : Popular Culture in Asian America. Ed. M. Nguyen, T. Tu. Durham, NC: Duke University Press (2007): 35-68.

“These Are The Breaks: Hip-Hop and AfroAsian Cultural (Dis)Connections.” AfroAsian encounters : culture, history, politics. Ed. H. Raphael-Hernandez, S. Steen. New York: NYU Press (2006): 146-64.

“Between the Notes: Finding Asian America in Popular Music.” American Music 19.4 (2001): 439-465.