Yokohama Overseas Chinese School

The Yokohama Overseas Chinese School (YOCS) is a Republic of China-oriented Chinese international school in Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan. It serves elementary through senior high school.[1] As of 2010 Shih Huei-chen (施惠珍 Shī Huìzhēn) is the president of the school.[2]

Yokohama Overseas Chinese School
Yokohama Overseas Chinese School
Yokohama Overseas Chinese School
142 Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa
〒231-0023 横浜市中区山下町142番地
Yokohama Overseas Chinese School
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese橫濱中華學院
Simplified Chinese横滨中华学院
Japanese name


It was formed after the 1952 split of the Yokohama Chinese School, which was established by Sun Yat-sen. Yokohama Overseas was aligned with Taiwan, while the Yokohama Yamate Chinese School was aligned with the People's Republic of China.[3]

In 2010 the school asked for assistance from Lien Fang Yu (連方瑀 Lián Fāngyǔ), the wife of Lien Chan; at that time the school had a shortage in funding. Yang Ching-huei described the buildings as "very old" and requiring "some serious renovation work."[2] By 2011 the school established interviews and other entrance examinations due to an increase in prospective students.[4]


As of 2010 most of the school's funding originates from tuition while the Overseas-Compatriots Commission provides some assistance. As of 2010 the school charges monthly tuition rates below the Japanese private school average of ¥50,000 per student; the monthly tuition per elementary or junior high student was ¥22,000 ($268 U.S. dollars) while the per-student tuition at the high school level was ¥25,000.[2]


Each week first-year students have ten Chinese lessons, each lasting 45 minutes; four Japanese lessons, and one English lesson.[4]

Student body

In 1997 each class had about one or two students who were Japanese.[4] As of 2008 about 15% of its students were Japanese nationals, including ethnic Chinese persons with Japanese citizenship.[5] As of 2010 71% of the students were children of Taiwanese families living in Japan and/or are originating from Taiwan. Other students were ethnic Chinese from other countries and Japanese. A YOCS teacher named Chiang Pin-huei (江品輝 Jiāng Pǐnhuī) stated in the Taipei Times that the "focused" education of the YOCS resulted in the high percentage of Taiwan-origin students.[2] By 2011, due to the increase in popularity of international schools among Japanese parents, each first-year elementary class had about 20 Japanese students, making up about 33% of each class. As of that year some new students initially enrolling in the school did not have any understanding of Chinese.[4]

See also

Japanese international schools in Taiwan, Republic of China:


  1. "International Schools." City of Yokohama. Retrieved on October 13, 2015. Listed as "Yokohama Chinese Academy" but the website is that of YOCS.
  2. Loa, Iok-sin. "Overseas Chinese school lacks funds" (Archived 2015-03-08 at WebCite). Taipei Times. November 13, 2010. Retrieved on March 8, 2015.
  3. Co, Emily. "School bridges China-Japan gap" (Archive). The Japan Times. December 23, 2008. Modified January 30, 2015. Retrieved on March 8, 2015.
  4. Fujikata, Satoru. "Japanese parents see value of Chinese, Indian schools" (Archived 2015-03-08 at WebCite). Asahi Shimbun. August 30, 2011. Retrieved on March 8, 2015.
  5. Gottlieb, Nanette. "Japan: Language Planning and Policy in Transition." In: Kaplan, Robert B. and Richard B. Baldauf. Language Planning and Policy in Asia: Japan, Nepal, Taiwan and Chinese characters (Language planning and policy). Multilingual Matters, 2008. ISBN 1847690955, 9781847690951. Start: 102. CITED: p. 133.

Further reading

(in Japanese)

Available online:

Not available online:

  • Sugimura, Miki (杉村 美紀; Tokyo Gakugei University大学院博士課程). "Some Problems of Chinese Education in Japan : The Case of Yokohama Chinese Community" (在日華文学校の教育問題 : 「横浜中華学院」の事例を中心に). Research bulletin of international education (国際教育研究) 11, 52-54, 1991-03. Tokyo Gakugei University. See profile at CiNii.

(in Chinese)

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