Anthropology Seminar Series 2019 (8 August 2019)

Date Thursday 8 August 2019
Time 3:10pm - 4:40pm
Where K.G.06 (K Block, Ground Floor, University of Waikato)
Presenter Dr Teena Brown Pulu
Contact Michael Goldsmith
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Across the Border: South Auckland Punjabis and Sikhs in Amritsar by Dr Teena Brown Pulu and Associate Professor Harminder Singh

Seventy-two years after the British partition of India and Pakistan, a corridor will open in November for India’s Sikhs to make a trip across the border from East Punjab to West Punjab in Pakistan to observe their founding Guru’s 550th birthday. Not without glitches. The thought of East Punjab rekindling ties to West Punjab ignites tensions in India’s  national identity shaped by a Hindu majority population. Our seminar narrates what lies across the border in different locations. We look at how borders are collapsed in South Auckland where Punjabi Sikhs and Punjabi Pakistanis who are Muslims cooperate with each other to advance community development aspirations. We then discuss fieldwork we are carrying out in September among Sikh communities in Amritsar, the holy city of Sikhism perched on a militarised border dividing East and West Punjab.

Dr Teena Brown Pulu will present a seminar paper and Associate Professor Harminder Singh and Punjabi migrants, Mintu Sarkaria for Punjabi Radio Spice and Asim Mukhtar for Pakistan Association of New Zealand, will respond to audience questions and comments.

Dr Teena Brown Pulu, PhD Waikato: Teena is a Senior Lecturer in Pacific Development in the Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Development at AUT University. She researches politics and society in the Kingdom of Tonga and Tongan migrants in South Auckland.

Associate Professor Harminder Singh, PhD Michigan State: Harminder is an Associate Professor in Business Information Systems in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at AUT University. He researches the governance of internet technology in work environments and the growing virtualisation of professions.

Mintu Sarkaria is a Punjabi Sikh from North India who manages Punjabi Radio Spice in South Auckland, and Asim Mukhtar is a Punjabi Muslim from Pakistan who is the general secretary for the Pakistan Association of New Zealand.