"Like Mexicans” is a short story by Gary Soto. Gary is a young mexican boy in the first half of the story and a young man at college engaged to a Japanese girl in his early twenties in the second half.
The title “Like Mexicans” is given to this story because of how Gary interprets his grandmother’s advice about how he should marry a Mexican.
The short story “Like Mexicans” is about a young teenage boy called Gary who in his early teens is told by his grandmother that he should become a barber “For the bad advice
she said that i should become a barber” (p. 1, l. 2) and that he should marry a Mexican girl “For the good advice, she said i should marry a Mexican girl” (p. 1, l. 6).
Until his early twenties Soto thinks that he must marry a mexican girl but then when he falls in love with a Japanese girl called Carolyne he is somewhat conflicted “Was it all a mistake?