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Lia Chang Multimedia: AALDEF Celebrates 35 Years of Protecting and Promoting the Civil Rights of Asian Americans

(l-r) San Francisco-based civil rights attorney and AALDEF co-founder Dale Minami; New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning co-authors and human rights activists and Sandra Leung, Senior VP and General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb received 2009 Justice in Action Awards from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund at their 35th Anniversary gala dinner, at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers in New York on March 26, 2009. (Photo by Lia Chang)

(l-r) San Francisco-based civil rights attorney and AALDEF co-founder Dale Minami; New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning co-authors and human rights activists and Sandra Leung, Senior VP and General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb received 2009 Justice in Action Awards from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund at their 35th Anniversary gala dinner, at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers in New York on March 26, 2009. (Photo by Lia Chang)

Congratulations to the New York-based Asian American Legal Defense and Education (AALDEF) on its 35th Anniversary of protecting and promoting the civil rights of Asian Americans.

Click the arrow below for AALDEF’s 35th Anniversary Gala slideshow

Actor BD Wong and playwright David Henry Hwang, an award-winning pair. (Photo by Lia Chang)AALDEF kicked off the celebration with a visit to the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, March 25. AALDEF board president Denley Y. Chew rang The Closing Bell. Special guests included Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and Tony Award-winning actor B.D. Wong, who were joined by AALDEF executive director Margaret Fung, assistant director Lillian Ling and several AALDEF Board members.
Click here for video of The Closing Bell.

AALDEF’s 35th anniversary gala was held at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers in New York City on Thursday, March 26. ABC News Correspondent Juju Chang and Columbia Journalism Professor Sree Sreenivasan emceed the festivities.

The 2009 Justice in Action Awards were presented to New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning co-authors and human rights activists; Sandra Leung, Senior VP and General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb; and San Francisco-based civil rights attorney and AALDEF co-founder Dale Minami.

http://www.aaldef.org

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Lia Chang © Tami Chang

Lia Chang © Tami Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer and an award-winning multimedia journalist. Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, VIBE, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog. As a photographer and videographer, Lia is frequently tapped to collaborate with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

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