Born in Hong Kong, Alice Wong emigrated to Canada in 1980. She has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of British Columbia and has taught English as a Second Language and Entrepreneurship at Vancouver Community College where she started a Centre for Small Business. The centre offered a program on small business management which helped train many immigrants who have become successful in business. She is now the Official Opposition Critic for Small Business.
Between 1993 and 2006 she was the Manager of International Programs at Kwantlen University College.
In 2006 she entered federal politics running and winning the seat in Richmond Centre defeating the sitting MP Raymond Chan and earning 50 per cent of the vote.
Under Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wong served as the Minister of State for Seniors and the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism.
Wong is very active in the Richmond community. She has served on the boards of the Rosewood Manor in Richmond, Rotary Club of Richmond, Benevolent Relief Seniors Care Society, and the Ethno Business Council. She is the founder of the Richmond Greenspace Society, which promotes greenspaces in urban settings. She has also appeared as guest host on Chinese and Multicultural television in the Richmond area.
Wong has been married to her husband, Enoch, for over 30 years.
During her time as a parliamentarian, Wong has been involved in some controversy. She held a press conference at a Richmond restaurant opposing the ban of shark fin soup, though many environmentalists condemn the practice of shark finning. She has also been associated with an organization that opposes LGBT rights.