The 2016 APA Democratic Caucus Holiday Membership Meeting and Event on Dec. 10 was dedicated to the memory of one of our founding board members, Arnie Fong who passed away on November 24th. He was a dedicated fighter for social justice and for bringing Asian Americans, especially immigrants into the electoral process.
In 2005, he helped found the Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus of Alameda County and was a “roll up your sleeves” kind of member, serving on numerous committees. He was most enthusiastic about supporting promising Asian American students interested in politics. He served on the board for 9 years and as an honorary board member for the past two.
Arnie was always a gentleman and kind but not without a wicked sense of humor which he shared during long board meetings and at Caucus functions.
Arnie was also a founding board member of the East Bay Asian Voter Education Consortium which increased the number of Asian Americans registered to vote and even more importantly, nearly doubled Oakland Asian voter turnout in the 2006 election from 25% in 2004 to 40% just months after organizing. Then Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown recognized and acknowledged the Consortium’s achievement.
He sat on many other boards and commissions including serving as a delegate to the State Democratic Convention in 2007, and as a member of the Affirmative Action Advisory Board of the Peralta Community College District. He was also appointed to represent the community on Election Advisory Board of the Alameda County Registrar of Voters and on the Long-term Care Community Advisory Board.
He volunteered for and supported many social service, arts, and health organizations including the Alameda Multicultural Center and the Friends of Wadi Foquin, a Palestinian village in the West Bank.
For over 40 years, he was a practicing pharmacist, serving the Oakland Chinatown community and training new pharmacists, at the Lake Pharmacy which he owned.
We extend our sincerest condolences to his wife Jean, three sons (Kelly, Jason and Todd) and their spouses (Maile, Milly, and Jenny), five grandchildren (Zachary, Madison, Taylor, Isabella Mahealani, and Connor), his mother Frances, and sister Kathy (Lance).