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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Food and loathing

Health | Eating disorders wreck lives and families, but grace can heal the physical, mental, and spiritual wounds
by Sophia Lee
Posted 11/02/12, 01:00 am

Within the last decade, awareness of eating disorders has exploded, and pictures of women with spines jutting out like spikes and arms hanging like rails have become common. If Angelina Jolie shows up with veiny arms, tabloids speculate about her weight. The disease fills gossip columns, but the deeper stories remain misunderstood. I’ve gone into five of those stories. 

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Popularity of 'Gangnam Style' catches Koreans by surprise

by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/17/12, 11:20 am

The Korean pop music industry (K-pop) is booming (see “Pop religion” in the current issue of WORLD). Although the tightly choreographed and heavily produced style is hugely popular in Asia, it has been slow to catch on in the United States.

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Pop religion

Lifestyle | Korean pop industry boom may boost Christian mission work but it’s harming its young stars
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/05/12, 01:00 am

Nine young women in sleek leather outfits and high-lace boots, porcelain faces winking and glowering, sing in Korean before breaking into an English chorus: “We bring the boys out, yeah. B-bring the boys out.” 

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