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Lia Chang: A.B. Cruz III of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. and Civil Rights Advocate Lillian Kimura To Receive 2011 Justice in Action Awards

ABC Good Morning America News Anchor JuJu Chang will co-emcee the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) Lunar New Year dinner at PIER 60 on February 8, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

ABC Good Morning America News Anchor JuJu Chang will co-emcee the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) Lunar New Year dinner at PIER 60 on February 8, 2011. Photo by Lia Chang

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will honor A.B. Cruz III, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., and Lillian Kimura, civil rights advocate and former president of the Japanese American Citizens League, with the 2011 Justice in Action Awards at its Annual Lunar New Year Gala on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. The co-emcees for the evening are Juju Chang, ABC Good Morning America news anchor, and Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs and digital media professor at Columbia Journalism School, with BD Wong delivering a special message.

BD Wong Photo by Lia Chang

BD Wong Photo by Lia Chang

Ken Lowe, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., will present the award to A.B. Cruz III, and Philip Tajitsu Nash, Asian American studies professor and attorney, will present the award to Lillian Kimura. The AALDEF Justice in Action Awards recognize exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in advancing justice and equality. Past recipients include the late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu, David Henry Hwang, Harold Koh, Mira Nair, Deval Patrick, Salman Rushdie, BD Wong, Seymour Hersh, Charles Ogletree, Jr., Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn, Harry Belafonte, Margaret Cho, and Yoko Ono.

Over 600 leaders of the civil rights, legal, business and arts communities are expected to attend AALDEF’s 2011 Lunar New Year Gala celebrating the Year of the Rabbit. The Gala begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by the Justice in Action Awards ceremony and a banquet dinner. Tables of ten, available at $50,000, $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000, include a VIP reception. Individual tickets start at $500. Contact: Lillian Ling, 212.966.5932 x202 or

Proceeds from the Lunar New Year Gala benefit AALDEF’s legal and educational programs in immigrant rights, economic justice for workers, voting rights and civic participation, affirmative action, language access to services, youth rights and educational equality, housing and environmental justice, Census policy, and the elimination of hate violence, police misconduct and human trafficking.

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. 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.

This year, selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space will become part of newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, 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 She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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