My affiliation with a Japanese television network broadened my horizons and made me more aware of global issues. I conducted research and interviews for TV documentary features whose subject matters ranged from the negotiating of the 1960 US-Japan Security Treaty and the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the whereabouts of the 1984 Sarajevo Olympic Committee members twelve years on.
I moved to Hong Kong in April 1997, three months before the territory’s historic return to Chinese sovereignty. Thousands of foreign correspondents were in place to cover the handover, and I teamed up with a group of Australian colleagues to look at how the international media were reporting an Asian milestone. Our collaboration resulted in an edited volume, Reporting Hong Kong (1999).
As an Abe Fellow in 2000, I initiated a project on what young people in China think of Japan and its people, and the role played by popular culture in this process. I addressed these issues in a series of articles – the latest of which will be published as a chapter in the upcoming edited volume Soft Power Superpowers.
After joining the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Japanese Studies in 2000, I began looking into the globalization of “Made in Japan” products. Using the rice cooker as an example of this process, I have examined how this electrical appliance was localized for the Hong Kong market, and how it has followed in the footsteps of Asian migrants and made its way around the world.
In November 2009, I was named Associate Dean of the Factulty of Arts for Outreach and Development. One of my main goals is the promotion of diverse learning opportunities for students both on and off campus.
As a teacher in the Department of Japanese Studies, I also look for chances to involve Hong Kong’s Japanese community in our programs. In June 2007, I was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hongkong Japanese Club to sit alongside over 20 Japanese business leaders in Hong Kong. I am the only academic and woman on the Board.
I teach three courses at the School: two traditional lecture-style courses, "Introduction to Japanese Studies" and "Media and Japan", in conjunction with a more experiential, project-based course for advanced students entitled "Project in Japanese Business".
Asian Leadership Fellow 2003
Abe Fellow 2000-2001
中野嘉子＋王向華 (Nakano, Yoshiko and Dixon H.W. Wong)
利琦珍 中野嘉子 王向華 (Refsing, Kirsten, Yoshiko Nakano and Dixon H.W. Wong).
Knight, Alan and Yoshiko Nakano (eds).
2007.“等身大”的日本像：大衆文化文和“実像与虚像”的二元論[Japan as It Is: Pop Culture and Dualism of "Real and False Images”]. In 『東瀛求索(Dongying qiusuo): China and Japan under the East Asian Formation of 21st Century』, edited by 中国社会科学研究会, 169-185. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press (in Chinese)
2006.“’De-Orientalizing’ Rice? The Role of Chinese Intermediaries in Globalising Japanese Rice Cookers”, In Dismantling the East-West Dichotomy, edited by Joy Hendry and Dixon H.W. Wong, p.82-88. London: Routledge/Curzon.
2003.(with Wu Yongmei) Aspirations for a Middle-Class Lifestyle: Japanese Pop Culture on Chinese Campuses. In Global Prism: Japanese TV Drama as an Asian Dream, edited by Koichi Iwabuchi, p. 183-219. Tokyo: Heibon-sha.
Kondo, Atsuko, and Chika Maruyama (eds.), Abroad in Komaba, The University of Tokyo. 2005 For Advanced Learners of Japanese: Facets of Culture, p.122-136 Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press.
2002. (With Wu Yongmei). Kimura Takuya and Lu Xun: Japanese Soap on Chinese Campuses. In Gaiko Forum, October issue, p.48-50.
2002. Who Initiates a Global Flow?: Japanese Popular culture in Asia. In Visual Communication 1(2), p. 229-253. London: Sage.
1995. 原爆展と米国市民 (Smithsonian A-bomb Exhibit and American Reactions). 『諸君！』Shokun monthly magazine, January Issue, p.176-83. (In Japanese)