Yokohama Yamate Chinese School

The Yokohama Yamate Chinese School is a Chinese-style primary and junior high school in Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan.[1] Serving levels kindergarten through ninth grade, it is one of two Chinese schools in Japan oriented towards Mainland China, and one of five Chinese schools total. As of 2008 Pan Minsheng is the principal.[2]

Yokohama Yamate Chinese School
Yokohama Yamate Chinese School
Yokohama Yamate Chinese School
2-66 Yoshihamacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama
〒231-0024 横滨市中区吉滨町2-66
Yokohama Yamate Chinese School
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese学校法人横滨山手中华学园
Traditional Chinese學校法人橫濱山手中華學園
Japanese name

It was formed after the 1952 split of the Yokohama Chinese School, which had been established by Sun Yat-sen. Yokohama Yamate was aligned to the People's Republic of China while the sister school Yokohama Overseas Chinese School was aligned to the Republic of China on Taiwan. In 2008 Pan stated that all of the graduating students pass entrance examinations to attend Japanese senior high schools.[2]


Classes are taught in both Japanese and Chinese, with each subject being taught in one particular language. Fifth through ninth graders take English classes. Most instruction at the kindergarten level is in Japanese. The school teaches Hanyu Pinyin and Simplified Chinese.[2]

Student demographics

As of 1995 the school had 300 students,[3] with 15% of the students being Japanese nationals who only spoke Japanese and the remainder being any of the following: Chinese-Japanese, Chinese students with mixed Japanese and Chinese parents, students with Chinese parents, and returnees from Mainland China.[4]

As of 2008 it had 413 students: 10% were ethnic Japanese; 70% of the students were Japanese citizens and 30% were Chinese citizens.[2]

Teacher demographics

As of 1995 the teaching staff consisted of four Japanese persons born in Japan, 19 Chinese persons born in Japan, and two persons born in Mainland China, resulting in a total of 25.[4]

See also


  1. "地理位置" (Archived 2015-03-08 at WebCite). Yokohama Yamate Chinese School. Retrieved on March 8, 2015. "〒231-0024 横滨市中区吉滨町2-66"
  2. Co, Emily. "School bridges China-Japan gap" (Archive). The Japan Times. December 23, 2008. Modified January 30, 2015. Retrieved on March 8, 2015.
  3. Maher, John C. (1995), "The Kakyo: Chinese in Japan", Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 16 (1–2): 125–138, doi:10.1080/01434632.1995.9994596 - (published online 14 September 2010) CITED: p. 130-131. "The Yokohama Yamate Chuka Gakko (Yokohama Yamate Chinese School) has 300 pupils: Kindergarten Section One and Two, Elementary School, Middle School l-3rd year."
  4. Maher, John C. (1995), "The Kakyo: Chinese in Japan", Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 16 (1–2): 125–138, doi:10.1080/01434632.1995.9994596 - (published online 14 September 2010) CITED: p. 131. See Table 2. also: "The overwhelming majority of teachers in Chinese schools are Japan-born Chinese residents (e.g. Yokohama Yamate 25 teachers: 19 Japan-born Chinese, 4 Japan- born Japanese, 2 mainland China-born)."

Further reading

(in Japanese)

Available online:

Not available online:

  • 清水谷(宍戸) 佳織. "Anniversary of Yokohama Yamate Chinese school: 1898-2004" (新刊紹介 横浜山手中華学園編『横浜山手中華学校百年校志 1898〜2004』). Journal of Chinese Overseas Studies (華僑華人研究) (3), 49-52, 2006. 日本華僑華人学会. See profile at CiNii.
  • 潘 民生. "The Past Present, and Future of Yokohama Yamate Chinese School" (横浜山手中華学校の過去、現在、未来 (特集 華人とは誰か : 教育とアイデンティティ)). 華僑華人研究 (8), 55-61, 2011. 日本華僑華人学会. See profile at CiNii.
  • 潘 民夫. "中日の文化と言語を教え両国の架け橋となる子どもたちを育てる--横浜山手中華学校 (特集 世界が見える日本の外国人学校)." The Immigration Newsmagazine (国際人流) 22(11), 11-14, 2009-11. 入管協会. See profile at CiNii.
  • "創価学会が「(横浜)山手中華学校」を救う「深謀遠慮」 (激戦ワイド 「レッドクリフ」を越えて)." 週刊文春 50(47), 36-37, 2008-12-04. 文芸春秋. See profile at CiNii.
  • 藤原 智美. "教育シリーズ 第17弾 公教育を捨て「横浜山手中華学校」に進学を決断した親の本音とは 「二割は日本人生徒」中華学校の過熱人気." President (プレジデント) 43(19), 148-153, 2005-10-03. プレジデント社. See profile at CiNii.
  • 黄 丹青. "日本における中華学校のバイリンガル教育実践に関する一考察--横浜山手中華学校を事例として." 国立教育政策研究所紀要 134, 143-154, 2005-03. 国立教育政策研究所. See profile at CiNii.
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