Fellows & Grantees

Yoshiko Nakano

Abe Fellowship 1999
Project Title
A Myth of Americanization and Japanization in China
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Research Assistant Professor, English, University of Hong Kong


Yoshiko Nakano is Associate Professor in the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Hong Kong. After moving from Washington, D.C. to Hong Kong in 1997, she began looking into the globalization of “Made in Japan” products. Using the rice cooker as an example of this process, she has examined how this electrical appliance was localized for the Chinese market, and how it has followed in the footsteps of Asian migrants and made its way around the world. The resulting book is Where There Are Asians, There Are Rice Cookers: How “National” Went Global via Hong Kong (HKU Press 2009). As a teacher, she looks for chances to involve Hong Kong’s Japanese community in the programs. In 2007, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Japanese Club to sit alongside 24 Japanese business leaders in the city. Her essays appear in Yomiuri Shimbun International Edition.