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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Cruel and unusual punishment

North Korea | Missionary couple laments the reported execution of two young North Korean defectors and the inhumane imprisonment of seven others
by Sophia Lee
Posted 12/08/14, 12:40 pm

UPDATE: A U.S. State Department spokesperson said it is “deeply troubling” if the reports are true about what has become of the nine North Korean defectors. 

“These reported actions are deplorable and in line with the ongoing, systematic, and widespread human rights violations and the treatment of North Korean refugees in the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] documented in the UN Commission of Inquiry report,” the spokesperson said.

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Associated Press/Photo by Damian Dovarganes

Los Angeles then and now

Race Issues | As people take to the streets over the Ferguson decision, police and protesters recall the 1992 riots
by Sophia Lee
Posted 11/27/14, 09:05 am

LOS ANGELES—Angry chants of “No justice, no peace! No racist police!” and “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” clashed with police car horns Wednesday evening in downtown L.A., as hundreds of people gathered in front of the federal courthouse for the third day of protest against a grand jury’s decision not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager.

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by Sophia Lee
Posted 11/26/14, 01:00 am

Few things are more uncomfortable than watching a full five-minute scene of two muscled grown men in tights entangled in a tango of hugs, tugs, tumbles, and grunts. That’s a warm-up exercise between two wrestling-champion brothers in Foxcatcher —and a prelude to all the uneasy tension and unspoken emotions to follow. 

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