International Student Parent Spotlight: Lea Kien Pua and Chee Kwan Lee (Singapore)

UI student Wen Ying Lee and her family

A thirst for international education may be a passion learned from one’s parents. University of Iowa student Wen Ying Lee from Singapore described her parents, not as celebrities, but as superheroes who gave her a passion to study what she loves across the globe. She wrote that her parents have studied in four countries, and have open minds when it comes to supporting their daughter’s dreams. 

Wen describes her parents’ multiple roles in awe. “…[My mother] is a Senior Training Manager at CA Technologies who oversees the education department in South East Asia, and a full-time loving mother and wife,” Wen states. “My dad plays multiple roles at home - the fixer, the plumber, the driver, the butler - he's all strength on the outside, but has a soft, caring heart on the inside. He is an IT Manager at Tyco International who treats everybody as a friend.”

Beyond the family support, international parents Mrs. Lea Kien Pua and Mr. Chee Kwan Lee also find time to give back to the community.

“My parents are huge fans of volunteering and giving back to the community in any way possible for they have been distributing food to needy families in Singapore for more than 7 years now, and [have been] huge donators on kiva.org for more than 10 years,” wrote Wen.

Dedicated to their community, work, and family, Wen’s parents are an example of the kind of support University of Iowa international students receive en route to reaching their dreams.   Wen’s dream was to be in a city of literature, and a legacy of international education may have led to her realizing this dream.  

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