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.

Center photo: Sophia Lee. Others: Kenneth Heilbron

Selfies with a supermodel

Faith & Inspiration | My unlikely meeting with a former Vogue model
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/25/19, 03:17 pm

About a year ago, I received an early morning phone call from Regina, a chaplain who had been ministering to the homeless in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. 

“Sophia, I found someone you should meet, and you won’t believe who,” she said. “She’s a supermodel!”

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My immigrant experience

Immigration | My immigrant friends and I don’t take our U.S. privileges lightly
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/20/19, 10:30 am

When I immigrated to the United States, people told me stories about America that scared the socks off of me.

“Guns are legal and criminals will shoot you in the streets if you go out after 9 p.m.,” someone said. “Just read the news about street gangs and mass shootings!”

“Kids there are over-sexualized and will pressure you to have sex and use drugs,” another said. “Even little girls wear makeup and bikinis.”

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The allure of America

Immigration | Learning why illegal immigrants don’t just stay in Mexico
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/12/19, 02:16 pm

When I first started reading about the thousands of migrants traveling from Central America through Mexico to seek asylum in the United States, I (like many fellow Americans) asked this logical question: Why aren’t these migrants staying in Mexico instead, especially since the Mexican government is offering them asylum and work permits? Wouldn’t they adjust better in Mexico, with its language and culture similar to their own? Why would people still insist on applying for U.S. asylum, some even crossing the border illegally to do so? 

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