Let’s Take Our Rice Cookers to the World

Yoshiko Nakano

in Where There Are Asians, There Are Rice Cookers

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9789888028085
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207684 | DOI:
Let’s Take Our Rice Cookers to the World

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This chapter describes how the National rice cooker team and William Mong worked together to adapt Japanese rice cookers for Chinese consumers. It begins in the year 1959, when Mong imported his first twenty-four rice cookers from a National factory in Osaka. It goes on to detail the sales tactics that Mong and his associates employed to introduce this unknown invention to Hong Kong citizens. Mong made it his mission to let Hong Kong people see how rice cookers worked, and he and his associates launched a series of cooking demonstrations. As early as 1960, Mong campaigned vigorously for changes in design to accommodate local tastes, which led to him personally carrying bags of rice from Hong Kong to Japan and taking part in grueling taste tests. Mong worked together with Tatsunosuke Sakamoto to adapt the Japanese rice cooker for Hong Kong consumers, and in the process paved the way for the product's globalization, taking it to Asia, the Middle East, and Asian diasporas around the world.

Keywords: National rice cooker; William Mong; Osaka; rice cookers; Hong Kong; globalization; Asia; Middle East

Chapter.  9942 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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