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.