Guy Code Episode #53 Life Advice with Professor Oliver Wang

Host Koji Steven Sakai talks to professor, writer, curator, DJ, and father Oliver Wang. Oliver came on the show via Zoom and gave Koji’s son some great life advice—such as being intellectually curious, the importance of travel, and more! Check out the episode and be sure to subscribe!  


Oliver Wang is a professor of sociology at CSU-Long Beach. He is the creator of the audioblog,, author of Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews of the San Francisco Bay Area and editor and co-writer of Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide. He contributes on arts, music and culture to NPR, KCET’s Artbound, KPCC’s Take Two and other outlets.

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Koji wanted to impart all of his “wisdom” to his son. But of course, his son already thinks he knows more than me. So instead of trying to tell him now and having it go in one ear and out the other, he decided to record them here with the hopes that maybe… just maybe… when he’s ready he’ll listen to his advice in the future and not make the same stupid mistakes he did. He’ll also bring on guests to impart their advice as well.  Koji has no doubt their advice will be better than his.

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