Beyond pop culture talk and tweets, Alice is founded the Disability Visibility Project which works with StoryCorps to take down the oral histories of folks of various backgrounds with disabilities. Many thanks to Alice for doing this Oblivious Interview!
Oblivious meets Alice Wong
Alice Wong, a.k.a. @SFdirewolf
Affiliations (arts org, fun things you do, etc) :
Founder/Project Coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project, Volunteer, 18millionrising.org, Contributor/Live-Tweeter, The Nerds of Color.
What's the one word you are guilty of using too much?
How did you end up doing what you are doing now?
One thing just fell into another...funny how that happens! In terms of my social media life, being on Twitter led me to all sorts of opportunities. The folks at 18MR noticed my tweets on the Asian American vote in the 2012 election, through 18MR and Facebook friends, I got involved with The Nerds of Color, sharing various stories about POC culture and that led me to live-tweeting for them with some of my favorite shows such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead and so on and so forth...
Which member of the Wu-Tang Clan best describes your personality?
Ol' Dirty Bastard...purely because I love the name
Dogs or Cats, who wins? Why?
Cats--always cats. Cats have a wider range of personality compared to dogs. Cats can be as affectionate and needy as dogs, BUT they can be as selfish, asshole-y, and smug like any other human. Also, cats don't need humans, unlike dogs.
What is the best part of any given day for you?
The first long sip of my hot coffee w/ milk and sugar.
A Boy Scout/MacGyver type, a paramedic, a hunter, an empathetic/caregiver type to keep us connected and nurtured, a construction worker, and a storyteller/musician/artist (to keep our spirits and histories alive during these dark days).
What is the last thing you searched for on google?
Names of all the members of the Wu-Tang Clan.
If you could talk to your high school self, what would say?
Hang on girl, keep yo shit together...you got this!
What is the best thing or meal you ever ate?
Too many to name, but my most recent was my mom's stuffed eggplant, 茄子餅. It's two slices of eggplant with ground pork sandwiched in the middle and deep fried in a tempura batter. SO EFFIN' GOOD!
What is a memorable project that you are working on or have worked on?
Disability Visibility Project, a community partnership with StoryCorps. This is a campaign I launched last year collecting the oral histories of people with disabilities in the United States. It's been an awesome experience highlighting the diversity of the disability community and having the opportunity to archive these stories at the Library of Congress thanks to StoryCorps. For more information, check out: http://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/in-the-pressnews/