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

"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 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

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