Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute and University of Southern California graduate. Sophia resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with her husband. Follow her on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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To police or not to police?

Homelessness | In Los Angeles, “defunding the police” led to disbanding a unit specially designed to help with homelessness
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/25/21, 08:05 am

Arek Arzoumanian was nervous. As the Los Angeles Department of Sanitation environmental compliance inspector, he stood at a residential street corner in Van Nuys—the Los Angeles neighborhood with the densest population of homelessness in the San Fernando Valley—getting ready to clear out an illegal homeless encampment. Most of the individuals living there had already packed up after getting notice of the cleanup, but several tents remained.

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Be humble

Theology | The advice sounds cliché, but there’s Biblical wisdom in it
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/11/21, 03:54 pm

A while ago, a young Korean American college senior called me asking for career advice. She reminded me a lot of myself when I was her age—ambitious, passionate, confident, yet insecure. She was considering journalism but wasn’t sure if writing for a Christian publication might limit her future career path, or if there would be struggles along the way as a minority woman who cares deeply about racial justice. Toward the end of the call, she asked me, “If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself when you were a graduating college student like me?” 

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California’s not-so-smooth vaccine rollout

Coronavirus | Logistical hurdles and debates about fairness have bogged down the state’s vaccination campaign, leading to widespread frustration
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/01/21, 11:48 am

In late January, 38-year-old Bao Vo had a daily routine: Every day, the downtown Los Angeles resident logged onto Orange County Health Care’s scheduling website for COVID-19 vaccinations to check if there was a spot available for his 71-year-old mother. He checked the website when he got up in the morning, again at lunchtime, and twice more after work and before bed.

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