Hsiao-Hung Pai was born in Taiwan and came to Britain in 1991. She holds masters' degrees from the University of Wales (Critical & Cultural Theory), University of Durham (East Asian politics and history) and the University of Westminster (Journalism, with Distinction).
Hsiao-Hung Pai works as a freelance journalist, writing for The Guardian and many UK-Chinese publications. She covered the Morecambe Bay cockle-picking tragedy for The Guardian. In order to understand the plight of other Chinese migrants, she went undercover and is the only journalist working in Britain who has truly penetrated the world of undocumented Chinese migrants. Nick Broomfield's recent film, Ghosts, was based on her work. Hsiao-Hung Pai is the author of Chinese Whispers: The True Story Behind Britain's Hidden Army of Labour (Penguin 2008).
She was nominated for EMMA's Best Print Journalism in 2004, and won a Feature of the Year commendation from the Work World Media Awards. In 2008, she was shortlisted for Glen Dimplex New Writers Award, and Chinese Whispers was chosen as one of the most "worth talking about books" by World Book Day, and shortlisted for the 2009 Orwell Book Prize. Hsiao-Hung Pai is a member of the National Union of Journalists.
Hsiao-Hung Pai works in London and the UK.