Jennifer Pak

Correspondent, China


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 (115)

Businesses in China are optimistic despite rising tariffs

Sep 20, 2018
With more taxes about to hit Chinese exports, companies at a Shanghai industrial fair assess their plans.
At the China International Industry Fair, intelligent robot makers are upbeat about business prospects despite the U.S.-China tariff escalation.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

FOMO in China is a $7 billion industry

Sep 13, 2018
A government-backed study says the country's internet users are worried about missing out on online knowledge and are willing to pay for educational podcasts.
For the sake of his daughter Yao Yao, Chen Jun said he’s always on the lookout to upgrade his skills and improve his financial prospects by buying things like educational podcasts.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

Tariff pain: Will the U.S. or China hurt the most?

Aug 27, 2018
Chinese state-run media commentaries suggest that people in China can weather the trade tariffs for the sake of national pride.
Li Dapeng says her consumption of American brands and imported products is modest compared to her four-year-old son.
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace

Chinese firms remain optimistic about U.S. trade

Aug 22, 2018
Despite current tensions, many businesses expect disruption to be short-lived.
An electric concept car by two Chinese companies displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show Asia in June 2018. The U.S. accuses China’s government of aggressively working to undermine America’s high-tech industries through unfair trade practices and industrial policies.
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace

U.S.-China trade tensions worry Christmas exporters

Aug 7, 2018
Most imported Christmas decorations in the U.S. are made in China and trade fears loom.
Suppliers say that the cost of making Christmas products has gone up — even without U.S.-China trade tensions. 
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace

Chinese students undeterred by U.S. visa restrictions

Jul 6, 2018
The current trade tensions between China and the U.S. may derail some study-abroad plans.
Education consultancy Focus International’s William Yan said business is still booming despite U.S. visa restrictions.
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace

Will tariffs on Chinese products protect U.S. jobs?

Jul 2, 2018
Some businesses say the imminent tariffs could force them to raise prices or cut pay.
A shipping container is offloaded from the Hong Kong based CSCL East China Sea container ship at the Port of Oakland on June 20, 2018 in Oakland, California. 
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

How China is building a parallel tech economy with or without the U.S.

Jun 28, 2018
China's Made in 2025 plan is big. Should the America be worried?
People gather at a Huawei stand during the Consumer Electronics Show Asia in Shanghai on June 13.
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Is China forcing U.S. tech companies to hand over their secrets?

Jun 27, 2018
Escalating trade tensions could cause consumer prices to rise.
The ZTE logo is seen on a building in Beijing on May 2, 2018.
WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images

A look at China's unlikely lingerie capital

Jun 19, 2018
Guanyun County produces three out of five of the lacy undergarments ordered online in the country.
Midnight Charm is among 500 lingerie manufacturers employing 20,000 people directly. Many seamstresses are housewives who prefer the flexible hours.
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace