Bernie Wong, founder of the Chinese American Service League, dies at 77

Chicago News

CHICAGO — Chicago’s Chinese American community has lost one of its beloved and most devoted leaders.

Bernarda Wong, 77, known as Bernie, passed away Monday night after a battle with breast cancer.

Wong founded Chicago’s Chinese American Service League in 1978. She spent decades advocating for the community and helped build a senior living center in Chinatown.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot honored Wong several weeks ago with the Legacy Award. Over the decades, she was also honored by several presidents.

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