Seattle/Los Angeles/Chicago/Washington DC, April 28, 2021 —
Bernarda “Bernie” Wong, a giant and trailblazer in the Chinese American community passed away Monday night. Bernie was among the founding members of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) and served as the organization’s first Chair of the Board of Directors in 1979.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Bernie came to the US in 1962. Upon completing a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in 1968, she championed issues affecting Chinese residents in Chicago before incorporating the Chinese American Service League (CASL)
in 1978. She also served as a key advisor on Asian affairs in the administrations of Chicago mayors Richard M. Daly, Rahm Emanuel, Lori Lightfoot, and Illinois governors Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner because of her comprehensive insight and unwavering leadership.
In 2004, Bernie was named one of “Chicago’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by the Chicago Sun-Times. She was also honored by President Obama for her work and is one of 10 leaders to receive “the Chavez Champions of Change” award.
Bernie leaves for us an incredible legacy and a trail of impact for us to learn from and follow. Please join NAPCA in honoring Bernie by visiting CASL’s tribute page or donate to CASL in her memory. Visit: https://www.caslservice.org/bernie/
The NAPCA Helpline is currently available with live support for residents in Los Angeles and Seattle in five different languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Korean. All Helpline counselors are available every Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm PST. The Helpline provides resources and information on the COVID-19, voicemail option to collect stories from older adults and their caregivers, and guided meditations in 8 languages.
English: 1-800-336-2722 | 廣東話: 1-800-582-4218 | 普通话: 1-800-683-7427 | 한국어: 1-800-582-4259 | 日本語: 1-800-398-1117 | Tagalog: 1-800-593-8087 | Tiếng Việt: 1-800-582-4336 | Español: 1-800-948-3844
National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
Founded in 1979, NAPCA is a national non-profit organization that preserves and promotes the dignity, well-being and quality of life of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and diverse older adults. In its 40 years, NAPCA has served over 100,000 diverse older adults through the organization’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE), and its Resource Center. For more information, please visit: www.napca.org.