• Year of the Tiger

  • An Activist's Life
  • By: Alice Wong
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Year of the Tiger

By: Alice Wong
Narrated by: Nancy Wu
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Publisher's Summary

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

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 listeners with big cat energy.

* This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF containing photographs, illustrations and a crossword puzzle from the printed book.  

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Alice Wong (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Ms. Magazine, Electric Lit

"Essential."—Karla J. Strand, Ms. Magazine 

"Phenomenal."—R.O. Kwon, Electric Lit, "62 Books by Women of Color to Read in 2022" 

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  • 09-16-22

Alice Wong is rad

So often, representation in our community is filtered through the lens of other - even when the creator is disabled - books and videos and other media about disabled folks help explain our experience or solicit empathy from people who otherwise couldn’t relate. That’s not what this book is. This book felt like it was for me as a disabled person. Seeing and hearing Alice’s story made me feel seen and heard. I assume this is what it’s like for white, cis, straight, able, neurotypical guys to watch TV - sure, the rest of us can often relate to, understand the perspectives of, and even be moved by the experiences of those dudes on TV, but there’s something more visceral about that experience coming from someone like me.

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Brilliant book, well read

Excellent book, weaving disability activism, experience, community and culture as well as immigrant intersections. - a must-read for anyone

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  • 09-19-22

story is fine, but narration was... not great

A new pet peeve I discovered from listening to this audiobook: I hate it when "2021" is pronounced "two thousand twenty-one", when colloquially, it should be pronounced "twenty twenty-one". The more I heard it, the more annoyed I felt... and alas, there were SO many dates from 2021. Definitely an unexpected distraction from the listening experience.

Also, just generally, I didn't find this particular narrator to be a great fit for a memoir or work of nonfiction, even though I've enjoyed her fiction narrations.