Lovneet Aujla grew up in a multi-generational household in Surrey, BC, speaking Punjabi, both to his parents and grandparents. However, by not having access to the Punjabi language in a formal setting, Lovneet’s Punjabi soon began to diminish, and as a result he lost confidence in his ability to speak the language. Although opportunities to learn Punjabi did arise (e.g., in high school), it wasn’t until he arrived at the University of British Columbia that his interest in Punjabi would be rekindled. Dr. Anne Murphy and Mr. Sukhwant Hundal’s Punjabi classes inspired Lovneet to relearn his mother tongue and become involved in Punjabi at UBC. Most recently he was the project assistant for the PURE Project, “Punjabi in BC,” led by Dr. Murphy. He and Mr. Hundal were collaborators on the project from its inception. Lovneet tells us that this project cements the legacy of Punjabi in Canada, and specifically, Punjabi in British Columbia. Lovneet received his B.A. in Sociology, with a minor in Asian Studies, at UBC and then returned to the University’s Allard School of Law.
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