Cover Photo: An illustration of a long bug-like creature coming face-to-face with a woman, as if staring into a mirror
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

“What Are You?”: On Mixed-Race Identity and ‘The Buddhist Bug’

Yet, my same racial mutability also poses a threat: “How can you identify a ‘them’ if it can pass for an ‘us’?”

The Buddhist Bug

The Buddhist Bug


Are you mixed?Are you Malaysian/local?Where are you from?What are you?

The Buddhist Bug: A Creation Mythology

SepetSepetwerecould be



The Buddhist Bug, Into the Night

Why is The Bug Buddhist? Isn’t her head covering Muslim? Where is she going? Is she looking for something? If so, what?




What are you? Are you one of us or one of them?

The Buddhist Bug

what are you?

How are you? What do you love? What are your dreams? Do you need anything? How can we help?

Deborah Germaine Augustin is a writer and teacher born and raised in Malaysia. She trained as a fiction writer but creative nonfiction might be her true calling.  She dreams of a world where we all have freedom of movement. Follow her on Twitter @dbgermane.