The Asian Association for Lexicography (ASIALEX) was established at the conference Dictionaries in Asia: Research and Pedagogical Implications, held at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on 27-29 March 1997. Its aim is to foster scholarly and professional activities in the field of lexicography by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas through meetings, publications and other means.

ASIALEX is managed by an Executive Board that is elected by the association's members every two years.

ASIALEX holds an annual  international conference.