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Selected writings by Oliver Wang

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How Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” Became a Holiday Classic
(Song Profile)
For Amazon Music’s (Re)Discover (Dec. 21, 2020)

Mighty Good: The fall and rise of Linda Lyndell’s “What a Man”
Originally for Wax Poetics Vol 16 (republished Dec. 8, 2020)

“Everything Is Everything” Showcased Donny Hathaway’s Never-Ending Genius
(Liner Notes)
(Nov. 24, 2020)

New Anthology Revisits Brief History Of The Gospel Truth Label
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (Nov. 13, 2020)

A Look At Chinatown’s Most Stylish Seniors
(Book Review for Andria Lo and Valerie Luu’s Chinatown Pretty)
For Put This On (Oct. 10, 2020)

Labi Siffre: My Song Anthology
(Liner Notes)
Sep. 7, 2020

We Insist: A Century Of Black Music Against State Violence
(Annotated Playlist)
For (Jun. 26, 2020)

Giving Up the Goods: Mobb Deep’s “The Infamous” Turns 25
(Album Review)
For Los Angeles Review of Books (May 22, 2020)

Betty Wright Packed A Career’s Worth Of Music Into Her Youthful First Act
(Retrospective Essay)
For (May 11, 2020)

Beyond Soul Food
(Book Review of Toni Tipton-Martin’s Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking)
For Los Angeles Review of Books (Mar. 3, 2020)

Choosing to be the Hero, the Joker, the Villain: An Interview with Arthur Dong
For Film Quarterly (Mar. 1, 2020)

Patrice Rushen’s Unforgettable “Straight From The Heart
(Liner Notes)
(Feb. 24, 2020)


‘Land of 1000 Dances’ Chronicles The History Of Rampart Records Label
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (Nov. 29, 2019)

Gang Starr’s ‘One Of The Best Yet’ Is A Welcome Throwback To An Earlier Rap Era
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (Nov. 4, 2019)

Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King,’ Like Its Creator, Asks A Little Too Much Of Us
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (Oct. 28, 2019)

A Cantopop Dream Girl’s First Film Reverie
For Criterion’s Songbook Series (Oct. 21, 2019)

Food Stylist Sophia Chang Is The Master Of #Foodiegram
In Character Media (Sep. 23, 2019)

Is Fusion Asian Food Really Even Asian?
In Character Media (Aug. 30, 2019)

Raphael Saadiq Balances Personal Introspection With Social Commentary On ‘Jimmy Lee’
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (Aug. 23, 2019)

Here’s What Happened When A Filipino Foodie Couple Decided To Shake Things Up
In Character Media (Jul. 16, 2019)

How Do You Follow A Masterpiece? Marvin Gaye Tried With ‘You’re The Man’
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (Mar. 29, 2019)

How Forecasters Predict Fashion Trends
For Put This On (Jun. 17, 2019)

Explore The Magic Of Hawaiian Foodways With Alana Kysar’s “Aloha Kitchen
(Book Review)
In Character Media (Jun. 3, 2019)

Learn The Culinary Secrets Of New York Chef Sohui Kim In “Korean Home Cooking
(Book Review)
In Character Media (May 10, 2019)

“Two Red Bowls” Blogger Cynthia McTernan Explores Pan Asian Cuisine In “A Common Table”
(Book Review)
In Character Media (Mar. 13, 2019)

Leaving Culinary Comfort Zones For A Warmer “Season
(Book Review)
In Character Media (Feb. 8, 2019)


The Tuba Fats Riff
(Article co-written with Matt Sakakeeny)
For 64 Parishes (Fall 2018)

The Best Producer Alive, 1994, Easy Mo Bee
For Complex (Fall 2018)

James Syhabout Rediscovers Lao Roots In Hawker Fare Cookbook
(Book Review)
For Character Media (Nov. 22, 2018)

Filipino Cookbooks, From I Am A Filipino to Adobo Road and Pulutan!
(Book Review)
For Character Media (Oct. 24, 2018)

The icons of hip-hop and the images that might have been
(Book Review of Vikki Tobak’s Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop)
For Los Angeles Times (Oct. 12, 2018)

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Travels Across Generations And Genres
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (Sep. 17, 2018)

Tradition Mixed With Comfort in Hsiao-Ching Chou’s Chinese Soul Food
(Book Review)
For Character Media (Sep. 2018)

The Geography of Gold
For Boom: The Journal of California (July 24, 2018)

The Internet’s ‘Hive Mind’ Is A Soundtrack To The Slow Burn Of Summer
For NPR’s All Things Considered (July 20, 2018)

Cut Chemist’s ‘Die Cut’ Asks You To Listen Closely
For NPR’s All Things Considered (April 5, 2018)

Kool Keith And Dan The Automator Make Rap Weird Again As Dr. Octagon
For NPR’s First Listen (March 29, 2018)

‘Haze’ Paints The Shacks’ Emotional Palette
For NPR’s First Listen (March 22, 2018)

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