"How to Date a Brown Girl (Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie)" is a satirical short story by Junot Díaz.
The story takes the guise of an instructional manual, purporting to offer advice as to how to act or behave depending upon the ethnicity and social class of the reader’s date.
Diaz’s dating guide for the Dominican American teenage male takes on the authority of experience by employing a narrator speaking in second person.
The story is centered around a young teenage boy giving instructions about readiness for a date.
Starting off with removing obvious signs of Dominican “ghetto” culture such as the "government cheese", then to approaching the female depending on whether or not she is an “insider” or “outsider”.
As the story progresses you see how the narrators words and mannerisms change according to the race of the female.
Diaz is not afraid to include small gestures that reveal cultural attitudes, even if these attitudes do not put Dominicans in the best light.
When the narrator hides his origin when he gets rid of the Dominican “artifacts” in his apartment.
He also recollect’s on his mother’s experiences of the tear gas from when the Americans invaded the “island”.
He also recommends running a hand through your hair like “the white boys do”.
Also stereotypical machismo can be seen through this piece as Diaz writes about the narrator’s attitude towards women.