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Where There Are Asians, There Are Rice CookersHow “National” Went Global via Hong Kong$
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Yoshiko Nakano

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028085

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028085.001.0001

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Pay in Hong Kong; Pick up in China

Pay in Hong Kong; Pick up in China

Bringing Modern Convenience across the Border 1

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Where There Are Asians, There Are Rice Cookers

Yoshiko Nakano

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter describes the transnational flow of appliances from Japan to mainland China via Hong Kong from 1979 to the end of the 1980s. By the time China opened its doors to Hong Kong “compatriots,” the majority of Hong Kongers were already enjoying the benefits of modern appliances like rice cookers and televisions. New policies allowed Hong Kongers entering China to carry one television per person per year as a gift to the relatives they had left behind. Mong and his associates took the initiative and negotiated with the National factory in Osaka to create a model that would work in China. Along with three other manufacturers, they introduced the innovative “pay in Hong Kong; pick up in China” system that enabled Hong Kongers to provide their relatives with the comforts of a modern lifestyle without the trouble of having to carry the goods on a tiring and crowded journey across the border.

Keywords:   appliances, rice cookers, television, National factory, Osaka, Hong Kong, China

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