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Dr. Rochelle Sato




  • B.A. (University of Lethbridge)
  • M.Ed. (University of Lethbridge)
  • Ph.D. (Univesity of Alberta)


Rochelle Yamagishi is currently an elementary school counselor (Registered Social Worker) for the Lethbridge School District and a study tutor for Athabasca University in Sociology. In the past, she has been an instructor at the Lethbridge Community College and University of Lethbridge in Psychology, Sociology, and Education, and at the University of Calgary in Social Work.

She completed her B.A. in Psychology, and M.Ed., with a psychology focus, at the University of Lethbridge. She obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education at the University of Alberta, with her dissertation focusing on social issues such as race, gender, and class. In particular, Rochelle's writing has been on her own experience, as a working class woman of Japanese Canadian origin, as an educator, student, mother and wife, negotiating the barriers and obstacles of achieving an advanced degree.

Rochelle's worked as Guest Curator for the “Nikkei Tapestry” (a history of Japanese Canadians in Southern Alberta) exhibit at the Sir Alexander Galt Museum in Lethbridge in 2003. This jumpstarted a number of projects concerning her Japanese Canadian ethnicity. She has had articles published in the ATA Magazine, Legacy Magazine, and recently in AlbertaViews, on the related topic of being a Japanese Canadian. She published a book for the Nikkei Cultural Society— Nikkei Journey: Japanese Canadians in Southern Alberta, which tells the story of different generations of Japanese Canadians in Southern Alberta.

Her most recent notable accomplishment was representing Alberta at the Smithsonian Institute Folklife Festival as a cultural historian, in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2006, along with 150 Albertans of assorted talents and abilities.

Updated March 31 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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