Year of the Tiger: An Activist’s Life

Vintage Sept. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9780593315392. pap. $17. MEMOIR
The prominent community organizer and founder of the Disability Visibility Project strikes again with an imaginative and insightful memoir about her journey as an activist and her continued fight to dismantle systemic ableism. The text is an eclectic scrapbook of essays, interviews, poems, photos, email chains, memes, and more. Every section is a new discovery that takes the reader through Wong’s childhood memories, policies around public health care, bad media depictions of people with disabilities, various uses of assistive technology, and the future of pandemic-era care. It also includes accessible and collaborative elements, such as image descriptions, artwork by Wong and other artists with disabilities, and quotes from disabled and social justice organizers. 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.
VERDICT An essential read for anyone with an interest in accessible futures, community building, and social justice. Readers who enjoy Kai Cheng Thom and Adrienne Maree Brown will embrace this.
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