catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Ethnic Flair

vol. 6, num. 11 :: 2007.06.01 — 2007.06.15

The degree to which each of us feels connected to our ethnic heritage varies extremely widely from one person to the next.  Additionally, we can feel inexplicably drawn to an ethnic culture that has not even the smallest twig on our family tree.  This issue will explore the intersection of identity and ethnicity in all of its usual and unusual manifestations.



The Covenant Dutch

An art installation reflects on ethnic and religious identity.



An attempt to embrace a subject that produces more questions than answers.


Strangers and aliens

On how globalized habits can affect the search for identity.

Sheer pride keeps alive Frisian, a cousin to English

A particular European heritage exemplifies the relationship between identity and language.

In a Lone Star state of mind

An exploration of what it means to be an ‘ethnic’ Texan.


A post-apocalyptic blessing

A review of The Road, a novel by Cormac McCarthy.

Order not understood

A review of the film Babel.


In case you missed it the first time

Watching <i>Hoosiers</i> in the Himalayas

Where is home?  Sometimes it travels.

Universal language

Pedro Almodóvar returns to an enduring fascination Volver.

Weaving the web

Identity squeeze

Aetna Smith writes about what irks mixed race Americans in daily life.


Being black at Bob Jones U.

Florence Williams writes about the tension between ethnicity and religion at a fundamentalist university.


A house for all peoples?

A bible study on welcoming the stranger by Ched Myers.


Shouting across the divide

Stories of what happens when Muslims and non-Muslims try to communicate and mis-fire.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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