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Pay in Hong Kong; Pick up in China

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028085.003.0006
Pay in Hong Kong; Pick up in China

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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

Chapter.  8676 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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