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

Upcoming Events

"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

Past Events

AALDEF co-sponsors Asian CineVision's 2019 Asian American International Film Festival

Once again, AALDEF is a community partner of Asian CineVision’s Asian American International Film Festival in New York City, which runs from July 25 to August 3, 2019. Use our code AALD2019 to get 20% off your tickets to these three films on July 28 to 30: 1. “24 Hour Workday” by Zishun Ning - Sunday, July 28, 4:30 pm at Asia Society New York Many home attendants–mostly immigrants and women–are forced to work grueling 24-hour shifts taking care of seriously-ill patients, with …read more

AALDEF summer party - June 25, 2019

Thanks for joining us on Tuesday, June 25 at our annual summer cocktail party at Rumi Event Space in New York City! We were delighted to host hundreds of Asian American lawyers, professionals, students, and community advocates at our latest AALDEF’s 45th anniversary event. Our guest speaker was actor BD Wong, AALDEF 1991 Justice in Action Award recipient, who spoke about the importance of supporting Asian American representation in the media and the organizations that serve the Asian …read more

AALDEF celebrates its 45th anniversary gala

More than 650 people from across the country attended AALDEF’s 45th anniversary gala on March 27, 2019 at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. This year’s Justice in Action Award recipients were Michael C. Wu, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Carter’s, Inc., and Vanita Gupta, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The emcees were Juju Chang, Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline, and Sree …read more