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.

Sophia Lee

Grateful escape

North Korea | Two North Korean refugees sleep every night in their own struggling restaurant—and count it a blessing
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/08/13, 12:00 am

LOS ANGELES—She sits in the middle of her Los Angeles restaurant, piling a big spoonful of kimchi, tofu, and pork filling into a damp dumpling skin. Her fingers work deftly, folding the thin sheet into neat corner pleats. Press, pinch, fold over. Repeat. The tray quickly fills up with plump, flour-dusted parcels.

“They’re a blend of North and South,” Kim Jung Yi said of her dumplings, her nimble fingers never stopping. “I try to tailor to Southern tastes by including one or two ingredients they like, but the recipe is Northern.”

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Associated Press/Photo by Robert Mecea

Juiced up

Food | The latest health trend to go mainstream extols liquified fruits and vegetables
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/30/13, 09:15 am

LOS ANGELES—The drizzly rain splatters over the hooded heads of customers who line out the door of Beverly Hills Juice, a closet-sized juice bar in Beverly Hills.

About five customers manage to squeeze into the shop while one employee revs bananas and vegan “ice cream” into a Banana Manna Cacao shake. The other employee, a petite lady with huge plastic pink glasses, stuffs bunches of green strands into a gadget that churns out frothy wheatgrass juice.

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Horowitz: Greg Kahn/Genesis Photos; KCC Vigil: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Prayer and politics

North Korea | A worldview split leads to sharp differences on how to fight oppression in North Korea
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/25/13, 01:00 am

Many of us are used to thinking there’s a right way and a wrong way in politics and that we should take advantage of every opportunity to make our points—but what do we do when people are fighting for the same thing but have decidedly different strategies growing out of different worldviews?

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