Language and Identity


Vaid, J. (2009). Fair enough? Color and the commodification of self in Indian matrimonials. In E. Nakano (Ed.), Shades of Difference. Stanford University Press.

Vaid, J. (2000). Beyond a space of our own: South Asian women’s groups in the United States. Amerasia Journal, 25(3), 111-126.

Vaid, J. (2006) Joking across languages: Perspectives on humor, emotion, and bilingualism. In A. Pavlenko (Ed.), Bilingual minds: Emotional experience, expression, and representation (pp.152-182). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.



Menon, R. & Vaid, J. (1987, Nov.). The ideal mate: An analysis of matrimonial advertisements in the Indian immigrant press. Paper presented at annual South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Vaid, J. (1993, June). From sham marriages to innocent divorces: A study of matrimonial ads in the immigrant press. Paper presented at Association for Asian American Studies, Ithaca.

Vaid, J. & Luthra, R. (1994, April). The ABC(D)s of matrimonial advertisements: Reading between the lines. Paper presented at annual conference on Multi‑Ethnic Literature of the United States, “Contentious Intersections, Still: Race, Gender, Class, Ethnicity.” Texas A & M University.

Vaid, J. (1994, Oct.) Stigmatized or self-actualized? Gendered portrayals of divorce in Indian matrimonials. Paper presented at national South Asian Women’s Conference, “Forging New Identities in Cross-Cultural America,” Los Angeles.

Vaid, J. (2005, Dec.). Fair enough? Color and the commodification of self in Indian matrimonials. Invited address, Conference on Hierarchies of Color: Transnational Perspectives on the Social and Cultural Significance of Skin-tone Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley.