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

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/9789888028085.003.0007
What if We Can’t Buy a Rice Cooker in Canada?

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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

Chapter.  8438 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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