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How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl or Halfie

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Transcript of How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl or Halfie


- Stereotypes

- Social Status

- The life of immigrants

Junot Diaz
How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl or Halfie
Critical Approaches
-Writes the storie in an instruction manual type of way using exaggerated stereotypes and generalizations.

-His use of satire or irony plays a big role in delivering the meaning of the story which is that we can't rely on stereotypes to class people

-Irony: The title is "how to date" yet the story teaches you the opposite

- the use of a second person point of view also helps portray the meaning.
Setting & Symbols

- The narrator’s apartment.

- The “White girl’s” neighborhood.

- The restaurants.

Junot Diaz- Teenage Years
• Graduated from Rutgers University (New Jersey)
o Majored in English
o Was involved with creative writing programs
 Exposed to authors that motivated him
• Toni Morrison
• Sandra Cisneros
o Then earned Master of Fine Arts at Cornell University
• Began writing about immigrants from the Dominican Republic who were trying to find their identity
• Served on the board of Freedom University (Georgia)
o Post secondary instruction to undocumented immigrants

- Government cheese.

- Picture of his cousins half naked with a goat.

- “El Cibao” – “Wendys”

Junot Diaz- Adult
• Wrote many books that won awards
o The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Pulitzer Prize)
o This Is How You Lose Her (New York Times best seller)
o Has a combined 22 awards and nominations in total
• Writes short fictions for The New Yorker
o Listed top 20 writers in 21st century

Junot Diaz-Early Life
• Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1968 (45 years old)
o Was the third child of family of five
o Lived with his mother and grandparents while his father worked in the US
• Immigrated to New Jersey in Hispanic neighborhood at seven years old
o Didn’t go back until he was in college
• Was a very strong reader and loved books
o Walk for miles to borrow books
• Was very interested in apocalyptic movies and books
o Planet of the Apes
o Edged of Darkness

Girl and How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl, or Halfie
• Both 2nd person
o Talking to you
• Giving instructions on how to do something
• Life lessons
o Different content

“Squeeze your nuts.”

“And when your boy asks, Still waiting on that bitch? Say, Hell yeah!”

“Call one of your boys and say, Lo hice, loco”

“Tell her you love her hair, that you love her skin, her lips, because, in truth, you love them more than you love your own.”

Critical Approaches
-Junot also has several other stories that resemble this one.

-"how to lose her" is one of his books with a very similar theme to "how to date" which is that you can't generalize people.

- Diaz writes these sorts of stories because it was what he experienced as a child

-Moved from the Dominican, poor family, different from everyone else.

-Diaz also felt like he didn't belong with people after he moved,
Author: Junot Diaz
Literary Elements
Literary criticsm
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