You Have to Diversify to Survive

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:
You Have to Diversify to Survive

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William Mong's success as an intermediary between the business cultures of Hong Kong and Japan can be attributed to three main characteristics: his versatile linguistic skills, cultural awareness, and ability to capitalize on transnational networks. This chapter considers Mong's family background and chronicles his rise to become the “King of Electrical Appliances.” Mong, the son of an ethnic Chinese merchant born in Nagasaki, grew up in Hong Kong as a subject of two empires, Britain and Japan. He went on to receive a rather unusual education in Hong Kong, mainland China, and Japan.

Keywords: William Mong; Hong Kong; Japan; Nagasaki; Britain

Chapter.  8312 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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