MOCATalks with Sophia Chang: The Baddest Bitch in the Room

Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Tickets are $15 and include wine and Museum admission. Anyone showing proof of download of Sophia's memoir will receive a free signed gift. Members receive complimentary tickets. Not a Member? Join today!

 

In collaboration with Pearl River Mart: Korean Canadian music business matriarchitect Sophia Chang speaks to Kimmy Yam of NBC News, formerly of HuffPost Asian Voices, about her new memoir from Audible Original x Hello Sunshine, The Baddest Bitch in the Room. The audiobook chronicles Sophia's unique journey as the first Asian woman in hip-hop. She entered the music industry in the late 1980s, landing gigs at record companies like Jive and Atlantic, and managing artists like Wu-Tang clan members Ol’ Dirty Bastard, RZA, and GZA, as well as Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, Raphael Saadiq, and D’Angelo. “Hip-hop embraced me, but Wu-Tang claimed me,” she says. “You know Wu Tang took this little Korean Canadian woman and they went: She’s ours.”

 

In 1995, Sophia left the music business to be trained in Kung Fu and to manage the USA Shaolin Temple with her then partner, with whom she has two children. Always ready to embrace new challenges, she produced runway shows for Vivienne Tam and "Project Runway All Stars," was an account executive at a digital agency, and wrote a screenplay for HBO. She is currently developing numerous film and TV properties.

 

Unlike a traditional audiobook narrated by a single voice, Sophia has created a 360 immersive audio experience. The Baddest Bitch In The Room features two dozen guests, including Wu-Tang’s Method Man, RZA, and GZA, along with original score, sound design, and licensed music. The title comes from Sophia’s realization that as a woman of color in her 50s—one who raised two teenagers as a single mother, navigated an entrepreneurial career, and trained in Kung Fu for nearly 25 years—she is among a resilient group of women that has rejected societal pressure to stay invisible.