The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a national organization founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans.

Past Events

Feb. 6, 2020: William F. Lee and Viet Thanh Nguyen to receive AALDEF 2020 Justice in Action Awards

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will hold its Lunar New Year Gala and Justice in Action Awards Ceremony on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in New York City. The recipients of the 2020 Justice in Action Awards are William F. Lee, partner at WilmerHale, and Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. Actor BD Wong will deliver a special message for the new year.read more

"Soft Power," NYC premiere and talkback with playwright David Henry Hwang - AALDEF theater party Oct. 5

Join us on October 5 for a performance of “Soft Power,” the new musical at the Public Theater by playwright David Henry Hwang, a 1987 AALDEF Justice in Action Award recipient. David will do a post-show talkback for AALDEF ticket holders. “Soft Power” is an exploration of America’s current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China’s point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton.read more

"Felix Starro," Off-Broadway musical by Jessica Hagedorn - AALDEF theater party, Aug. 28, 2019

On August 28, 2019, AALDEF will host a theater party for “Felix Starro,” the musical by Jessica Hagedorn (AALDEF 2015 Justice in Action Award recipient) and Fabian Obispo, based on a short story by Filipino American writer Lysley Tenorio. This production of the Ma-Yi Theater Company is the first Off-Broadway musical written, directed, and starring Filipino Americans. “Felix Starro” is about a famous faith healer in the Philippines, whose clients once included celebrities …read more