Jennifer Pak

Correspondent, China

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I tell stories about the world's second-largest economy and how America is connected to it.

What was your first job?

First unpaid job: mascot for the Canadian Red Cross as Bloody the Blood Drop at a football game. First paid job: at a mall making and selling cinnamon rolls for Cinnzeo, the Canadian equivalent of Cinnabon.

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

The hardest thing is persuading potential interviewees in China to speak to us. We have to explain that we are not out to get them in trouble with the Chinese government, that we don't pay for interviews nor do we accept payments for positive coverage.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Be somewhat physically fit. You never know when you'd have to run from a mob situation, run from a flood scare while carrying heavy equipment or avoid government minders.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

A pair of comfy walking shoes, a hot shower and a good mattress.

Latest Stories from Jennifer (103)

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How do Chinese employees get paid for February when they didn't work?

Apr 1, 2020
Most people in China are just getting paid wages for February and by law, employees are supposed to receive their regular salaries even when their companies were shut because of the coronavirus. Did they?
Workers in Shanghai are back on the roads as the Chinese economy tries to gear up again.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace
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China's industries resume production as government officials ease restrictions

Mar 30, 2020
China goes back to work, not to normality.
Chinese industrial workers return to the job.
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As China recovers from COVID-19, small businesses are struggling to re-open

Mar 23, 2020
Pork seller Ma Qiang sold $35,000 worth of pork to restaurants ahead of the Lunar New Year and expected to be paid after the holiday. Then COVID-19 hit.
Ma Qiang mainly supplies to restaurants but a lot of them are struggling after weeks of closure.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace
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Working parents in China struggle with online schooling during the COVID-19 outbreak

Mar 16, 2020
Online classes are difficult for working Chinese parents with young children.
Ada Lu learned to ride a bicycle outside her apartment complex during the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Shanghai.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace
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China COVID-19 shut-in tunes in to the world via radio

Mar 9, 2020
Our Shanghai correspondent, forced to stay home like so many others, shares what she's hearing about the virus on the airwaves.
Although it's hard to breathe while wearing a face mask for an extended period of time, they're now required in all public spaces in Shanghai.
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COVID-19 travel restrictions and quarantine measures depress key Chinese sectors

Our China correspondent, Jennifer Pak, on life in Shanghai right now.
Passengers wearing protective face masks on the subway in Shanghai in late February.
Hector Retamal/Getty Images
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COVID-19: Office disruptions in Shanghai

Feb 25, 2020
Chinese officials say they will help businesses resume operations, but trying to adhere to all the rules may make one's head spin.
The few remaining restaurants open in Shanghai are forced to only offer take-out service in recent days.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace
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What people are (and aren't) spending money on during the coronavirus outbreak

Feb 19, 2020
Forgoing the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities means spending less money on partying and spending a lot of time indoors.
A vegetable stand in Wuhan City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Resident Tian Changxing said vegetables are in short supply in the city.
Tian Changxing
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China back to work, not back to normal

Feb 10, 2020
China is officially back at work but most enterprises not essential to containing the new coronavirus aren't up and running just yet.
Face mask manufacturing is one of the essential enterprises called back to work to help contain the new coronavirus.
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace
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Shanghai and coronavirus: living in a ghost town

Feb 4, 2020
Our China correspondent takes us on a tour of the usually bustling financial center, where fears and precautions have made it eerily quiet. You can even hear the birds sing.
Marketplace's China correspondent Jennifer Pak used to wear face masks outdoors to protect against air pollution, but now the Chinese government advises residents to wear them whenever they are out of their homes.
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