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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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What if We Can’t Buy a Rice Cooker in Canada?

What if We Can’t Buy a Rice Cooker in Canada?

Across the Ocean to Asian Diasporas

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Where There Are Asians, There Are Rice Cookers

Yoshiko Nakano

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses how the rice cookers followed Asian migrants, students, and businessmen to Asian diasporas in Europe and North America. In 1979, National's all-male rice cooker team began to recruit female rice specialists who became known as “rice ladies.” Their research led to the development of new models that prepared more flavorful steamed rice and Cantonese congee. The versatile model was so valued by Hong Kongers that, when they began to immigrate to Canada, Australia, and other countries after the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984, many took their rice cookers with them.

Keywords:   rice cookers, Asian migrants, Asian diasporas, Europe, North America, rice ladies, Canada, Australia, Sino-British Joint Declaration

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