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 (115)

Trump hits the pause button on raising tariffs on Chinese goods

Dec 3, 2018
The U.S. has delayed a tariff hike for 90 days while it negotiates with China.
At a news stand in Beijing, a newspaper features a story about the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images

China opens trade fair to rebrand itself as an importer

Nov 5, 2018
The world's top exporter aims to trim its trade surplus, but the U.S. and companies want faster liberalization.

Tariffs? China's nut and bolt industry has survived them

Oct 30, 2018
When the EU cracked down, Chinese companies turned to U.S. market. Now, they may do the reverse.
A display case at a nut and bolt industry fair in Shanghai in October 2018.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

Tariffs? China's nut and bolt industry has survived them

Oct 30, 2018
When the EU cracked down, Chinese companies turned to U.S. market. Now, they may do the reverse.
A display case at a nut and bolt industry fair in Shanghai in October 2018.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

China's latest buzz term could worry businesses

Oct 19, 2018
"Consumption downgrade" is a popular phrase as Chinese consumers curb spending.
The success of firms selling instant noodles and pickled mustard greens have fueled a perception among Chinese citizens that the country is on a “consumption downgrade.”
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace

China's latest buzz term could worry businesses

Oct 19, 2018
"Consumption downgrade" is a popular phrase as Chinese consumers curb spending.
The success of firms selling instant noodles and pickled mustard greens have fueled a perception among Chinese citizens that the country is on a “consumption downgrade.”
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace

How will the USMCA trade deal impact China?

Oct 4, 2018
Some firms are adding production lines in other Asian countries.
Employees work on an SUV production line at the Beijing Automotive Group Co. in Beijing in August.
Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images
An employee monitors a circular weaving machine at a textile factory in Shangqiu in China's central Henan province in September.
STR/AFP/Getty Images