Teaching fellow explores identity through language, literature

Published: February 2, 2016

Malik Chaudhary’s contradictory upbringing led him to question everything.

Chaudhary was born to immigrant parents, grew up gay in a traditional Muslim household and attended a Catholic high school. His parents are from India and Pakistan, countries that have historically been at odds.

Amid conflicting cultures, Chaudhary, a teaching fellow and doctoral student at UCLA, said he found his refuge in language and literature.

“(My upbringing) made me sensitive to differences,” he said.

Chaudhary, a native speaker of English and Punjabi, began to learn French in the first grade. He has since become fluent in Arabic and Urdu, the official language of Pakistan.

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