This groundbreaking memoir offers a glimpse into an activist’s journey to finding and cultivating community and the continued fight for disability justice, from the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project

Product Code: 8992
ISBN: 9780593315392
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Vintage
Pages: 400
Published Date: 09/06/2022
Availability:In stock
Price: $17.00

In Chinese culture, the tiger is deeply revered for its confidence, passion, ambition, and ferocity. That same fighting spirit resides in Alice Wong.

Drawing on a collection of original essays, previously published work, conversations, graphics, photos, commissioned art by disabled and Asian American artists, and more, Alice uses her unique talent to share an impressionistic scrapbook of her life as an Asian American disabled activist, community organizer, media maker, and dreamer.

From her love of food and pop culture to her unwavering commitment to dismantling systemic ableism, Alice shares her thoughts on creativity, access, power, care, the pandemic, mortality, and the future. As a self-described disabled oracle, Alice traces her origins, tells her story, and creates a space for disabled people to be in conversation with one another and the world. Filled with incisive wit, joy, and rage, Wong’s Year of the Tiger will galvanize readers with big cat energy.

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A Mutant from Planet Cripton: An Origin
Lessons from a Chinese School Dropout
First-Person Political: Musings from an Angry Asian American Disabled Girl
Rest in Peace, Meowmee
The Americans with Disabilities Act
Letter to Time Magazine
Untitled High School Poem
Did You Enjoy High School

My Medicaid, My Life
The Politics of Change by Lizartistry
Snack Manifesto
The Olmstead Decision and Me
Hashtag Activism and #CripTheVote by Lizartistry
#CripTheVote: Then and Now
Inclusive Politics and the Disability Community by Lizartistry
Bay Area Day of Mourning
Just Say NOPE
Activist Wisdom

One of Those Aha Moments
Why Disabled People Drop Out
My Day as a Robot
Net Neutrality, Accessibility, and the Disability Community
The Last Straw
Ode to a Spit Cup
Getting to the Marrow
Food Heaven by Felicia Liang
Let’s Recognize why#AccessIsLove
Pureed Spinach and Mushroom Soup

The 1Percent Disabled Club
Cat Life (artwork by Sam Schäfer)
How I Spend My Caturdays (and Nights) at Home
Disabled Faces
Westward Ho
Year of the Tiger Crossword
Lunar New Year Memories
Proust-ish Questionnaire

Storytelling as Activism
Diversifying Radio with Disabled Voices
Choreography of Care
Tiger Tips on Interviewing
Podcasting as Storytelling
Letter to Asian American Disabled Women and Girls
About Time
Pandemic I’m Disabled and Need a Ventilator to Live Am I Expendable During This Pandemic?
Freedom for Some Is Not Freedom for All
Cooking in Quarantine: Shelter-in-Place Jook
It’s My Body and I’ll Live If I Want To
A High-Risk Time of Alice Wong, Proto-Oracle
In Praise of Peaches
No to Normal

Future My Disabled Ancestors
Ancestors and Legacies
The Parasite by Hatiye Garip
As I Lay Breathing
The Future of Care?
Dream Dispatch: Society of Disabled Oracles
The Rainbow by Hatiye Garip
How to Create a More Inclusive Future Post-COVID
The Last Disabled Oracle
The Seedling by Hatiye Garip
My Grown-Ass Disabled Person Make-A-Wish List
Thank You, Mrs. Shrock
Future Notice

Photo Insert Captions
Answers to Year of the Tiger Crossword
Permissions Acknowledgments

“Stunning. . . . [Wong] sprinkles in dry humor and is adept at balancing compassion with flashes of rage. The combination of memoir, manifesto, scrapbook, confession, and rousing call to action make for a winning mix. This one’s tough to forget.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Wong’s collection provides a truly multidimensional portrait of a disabled writer effectively fighting the tendency of able-bodied people to treat the disability community as a monolith, an idea the author effectively deconstructs throughout the book. Not just beautifully written, the book is formally innovative, incorporating fiction (most notably, science fiction) and illustrated elements that are both profoundly insightful and consistently creative. Wong’s grasp of social justice issues is as impressive as her ability to explain complex ideas clearly, passionately, and often humorously. . . . A stunningly innovative, compulsively readable hybrid of memoir, cultural criticism, and social activism.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An imaginative and insightful memoir. . . . Written in a refreshingly frank and honest manner, Wong explores communal joy, grief, and rage and carves out a space for all people to be in conversation with one another. . . . An essential read for anyone with an interest in accessible futures, community building, and social justice.” - Zhui Ning Chang, Library Journal

“An inviting look at one of our most important community-builders. . . . Alice Wong’s commitment to her cause is felt on every page.” b- Literary Hub, “Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2022”

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