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 (145)

China eases limits on foreign interests in financial firms

Dec 11, 2017
China announced new measures that will give foreign banks and investors more ownership control over their operations in the country.
U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping meet business leaders at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China.
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Tough talks lurk behind Trump's first-class reception in China

The president will likely ask for some technology reciprocity and help with North Korea.
President Donald Trump, walking with first lady Melania Trump, looks at China's President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, as they tour the Forbidden City in Beijing today.
JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

China sets course for a "moderately prosperous" economy

Oct 26, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping was installed for another entirely expected five-year term by the Communist Party Congress this week. And in the course of a three-plus hour speech to open the Congress, Xi said something that hasn’t gotten much notice here, but is all over the Chinese press: He wants to build a moderately prosperous […]

What China's party congress means for the average Joe

A meeting of high-ranking officials in China signals the country's direction.
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the opening session of the 19th Communist Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People today in Beijing.
Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Johor in Malaysia moves weekends to Friday and Saturday

Jan 20, 2014
Malaysia’s southern state of Johor is starting their weekends a day early; what this could mean for foreign investment.