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.


A hope for more empathy

Race Issues | Journalism can topple barriers to empathy
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/12/20, 04:57 pm

Two years ago, I asked a black pastor from Harlem what I can do as a Christian journalist to better report on racial issues for WORLD. At the time, as I am now, I felt frustrated at the divisions within the American church over racial injustice, systematic racism, or even the basic concepts of “racism” and “race.” 

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Mixed agendas

Protest | Most demonstrators wanted to protest George Floyd’s death; others wanted to light the world on fire
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/11/20, 02:28 pm

It was around midnight when Yuko Watanabe crouched in the corner of her restaurant in downtown Los Angeles and called her parents in Japan, yearning for a comforting voice. Rioters had hurled concrete blocks into the window of her restaurant. Raucous looters, night revelers, loud bangs, and smoke filled the streets. Broken glass and dead plants were scattered across her restaurant. 

“Did you call the police?” her mother urged. 

“Mom, you don’t get it,” Watanabe said. “They’re targeting the police!” 

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Protests and prayer

Race Issues | As we struggle with deep divisions, we can look to Nehemiah’s prayer
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/08/20, 11:18 am

The weekend that my city, Los Angeles, roiled in anguish, anger, and chaos, my husband and I were in the mountains, about a two-hour drive away. Our plans to detox from technology and society disintegrated into ashes like the wood in our campfire. 

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