Born in Colombia, South America, to a Chinese mother and Colombian father, Maria was raised in a multicultural household, which led her to become fluent in Spanish, Chinese, and English.
She grew up in Vancouver, Canada, where her passion for storytelling began at a young age.
At the age of 17, she was chosen as a student reporter and scholarship recipient by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). She then attended Simon Fraser University, where she graduated with a B.A in Communications.
Maria has worked in television in Vancouver (Canada) and Hunan (China) for Vancouver Television Channel and the Hunan TV International Channel.
In addition to having experience as a public relations specialist and bilingual emcee for community events, Maria holds two pageant titles. She was crowned Miss Chinese Cosmos North America Pageant 2015 Champion and Miss Chinese Vancouver 2016 Champion.
Currently based in Beijing, she is pursuing a master’s degree in Global Business Journalism at Tsinghua University under a full scholarship. Her areas of academic interest include global and intercultural communication, arts and culture journalism, and new media studies.
As a master’s student in Journalism, Maria aims to share her passion for storytelling and journalism through her personal blog.
Her mission is to become a unique storyteller and cultural link between China, Canada and Colombia, while engaging the world in understanding China through her eyes.