Masaru Yamamoto

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My name is Masaru Yamamoto, and I’m currently a PhD student in the Department of Language and Literacy Education (LLED) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), which sits on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. The land on which I am privileged to grow, learn, teach, and conduct research is presently called Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.


As an emerging scholar in applied linguistics, my current scholarly and professional commitments centre around multilingual students’ lived experiences in and with additional language socialization in academic settings linked in particular to the notion of multimodality. To me, the two perspectives constitute a robust theoretical lens and means of praxis to broaden a new horizon for asset-oriented research and pedagogy and realize equitable and inclusive educational experiences for all learners. To this end, my scholarly interests also encompass qualitative research methods that take advantage of affordances of multimodal resources and technologies.

I am originally from Chiba Prefecture in Japan, and Japanese/日本語 as my first language and English as a second largely shaped who I am and what I do today. Before coming to Canada, I taught English in Japanese secondary schools as a language teacher. Alongside my scholarly and professional commitments, I also work as a video editor as a way of mobilizing knowledge and a digital materials developer as a means of supporting multilingual students’ academic socialization. Most importantly, I’m also a cat and dog lover.





“Never near Tokyo”: ‘Chibanian’ identity negotiations linked to Tokyo-Chiba power differentials