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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Tales of detention center woes

Immigration | A California nonprofit helps immigrant detainees tell their stories of isolation, suffering, and abuse
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/22/14, 01:33 pm

California’s Angel Island is a historic state park, where tourists can gaze at the San Francisco skyline, hike woody trails, and read poems inscribed on the walls of the now-shuttered Angel Island Immigration Station. 

The poems, carved by detained Chinese immigrants between 1910 and 1940, bemoan the difficulties of isolation, weep with longing for freedom, and encourage other immigrants to “cast idle worries to the flowing stream.” One detainee wrote, “America has power, but not justice.” 

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Let it be seen in me

Lifestyle | Bob Foster has lived in such a way that his lifestyle demands an explanation
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/17/14, 01:00 am

Bob Foster is 94 years old, stooped but still barrel-chested at 6 feet 2 inches, with neatly combed silver-white hair and crinkly blue eyes. He still keeps a miniature Bible that he received when he professed Christ at age 16. The Bible is now dog-eared with yellow highlights, particularly across passages in Romans. He can still read those flea-sized words—but he hardly needs to, because he’s got all the key verses memorized, quoting Scriptures faster than he otherwise speaks. 

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Young voters--a political mixed bag

Politics | If they can be stirred out of their stereotypical apathy, young people increasingly fall across party lines, creating a challenge for traditional party candidates
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/03/14, 10:15 am

MISSOULA, Mont.—Fluffy bunny ears and hot pink bunny shirts are now familiar attire on Montana college campuses. As the 2014 midterm election inches closer, energetic young volunteers with Forward Montana, a left-leaning but officially nonpartisan organization, have been hopping all over the state in their trademark furry bunny costumes to get more young people to vote. They call themselves the Pink Bunnies, but they’re much more aggressive than their cute moniker would suggest—they’ve recently registered more than 10,000 new voters.

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