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Jennifer Pak

Correspondent, China

SHORT BIO

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 (91)

Inside a 6-hour e-commerce livestream in China

by Jennifer Pak Jan 16, 2020
Eva Wang and Sam Tian quit their jobs to make a go of it selling on Alibaba's Taobao livestreaming service.
Sam Tian and Eva Wang during a livestream show. The couple quit their ad sales and teaching jobs last year to become Taobao influencers.
Courtesy of Sam Tian
Trade showdown

The view from Shanghai on the phase one trade deal

by Jennifer Pak Jan 14, 2020
"The U.S. is bullying China," was the assessment of one security guard in the city.
American green apples at a Shanghai supermarket were among the first to be subject to Chinese counter tariffs.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

In China, economy dogged at decade's end

by Jennifer Pak Dec 25, 2019
China started 2009 weathering the global financial crisis and ends the decade battling slower economic growth and a trade war with the U.S.
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace

Are factory jobs leaving China because of the U.S. tariffs?

by Jennifer Pak Dec 18, 2019
China's statistics show 3.8 million manufacturing jobs disappeared from urban areas last year.
Workers at a shoe factory in Southern China. Most of them come from the poor countryside to give their families a better life.
Shanghai 808 Studio

The anatomy of a Chinese boycott

by Jennifer Pak Nov 28, 2019
When foreign companies are perceived to have crossed China’s red lines, a boycott usually follows.
Fast food chain Dicos' NBA-themed restaurant in Shanghai. Dicos was among the companies that suspended or canceled partnership with the NBA in October.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

How long can China's economic grudges last?

by Jennifer Pak Nov 27, 2019
For South Korea, it’s been three years and counting, hitting industries like entertainment, travel and grocery stores.
Some South Korean businesses in China still face economic retaliation three years after South Korea signed a deal to deploy a U.S. anti-missile system on its territory.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

Inside one highly automated Chinese factory

by Jennifer Pak Nov 13, 2019
China's Shuoke sports equipment factory says robots have helped triple its production.
A worker looks on as a robotic arm at the Shuoke factory sorts plastic panels to form a soccer ball. Machines like this have helped the firm cope with rising costs. (Shanghai 808 Studio)
Shanghai 808 Studio

Singles Day: China's biggest shopping event

by Jennifer Pak Nov 12, 2019
Bigger than Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday ... combined.
A Singles Day advertisement from Alibaba inside a Shanghai subway station reads, "Fulfill your wish."
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace

Shanghai chips away at its mountain of trash

by Jennifer Pak Oct 25, 2019
After nearly four months of a mandatory waste-sorting plan, the city declares better than expected results.
Shanghai has made it mandatory for residents and businesses to sort their waste.
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace
China 70

The lucky migrant workers who get to retire in Beijing

by Jennifer Pak Oct 4, 2019
While many people move away from the countryside for work, few of them are able to officially register in the cities.
A man sells dream catchers in Beijing. Few migrant workers from the countryside can stay in the city long term.
Photo courtesy of Shanghai 808 Studio