Sophia Lee

Sophia is a features reporter for WORLD Magazine. She graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in print journalism and East Asian language and culture. She lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Shalom. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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The whistling missionary

Faith & Inspiration | Missionaries have their own sense of time—and that’s a good thing
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/28/19, 01:16 pm

Here’s something I’ve learned as a journalist over the course of my many interactions with missionaries: Don’t entrust your schedule to the hands of missionaries, unless you’re prepared to spend the whole day with them visiting all sorts of people and places.

You see, their ideas of time management and efficiency may differ from yours. For them, spending a three-hour lunch with someone, traveling long distances to visit a family in the middle of nowhere—all those long periods of seemingly doing “nothing” aren’t nothing, but mission work.

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Grasping at manhood

Family | Cultural notions of masculinity turn toxic without a Biblical standard
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/21/19, 04:44 pm

A while ago, I was visiting a homeless couple in Los Angeles for an interview when the man—let’s call him “Bill”—began to mock another man for being “feminine.” I didn’t know this other man well, so I couldn’t judge his apparent femininity, but I knew Bill. 

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Nowhere to live

California | A housing crisis is clamping down on middle-income workers—teachers like Renata Sanchez—in prosperous California
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/17/19, 01:42 pm

Part one of a series on California’s housing woes

Renata Sanchez didn’t plan to be a teacher. When Sanchez signed up for Teach For America after graduating from Stanford, the plan wasn’t to remain teaching but to save money for law school.

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