Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in Los Angeles. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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Big rock candy mountain

California | Recession refugees and a host of dropouts and seekers find solace in an off-grid squatter community known as ‘the last free place in America’
by Angela Lu Fulton & Sophia Lee
Posted 6/28/13, 01:00 am

NILAND, Calif.—A large white cross perches on a brilliant mountain of bubble-gum pink, Grinch green, and candy red. It looks like a Christian hallucination of Dr. Seuss—but this colorful mirage sits in the middle of a seemingly endless California desert of parched sand and prickly shrubs near the town of Niland. Population: 1,006. 

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Who defines 'real beauty'?

by Sophia Lee
Posted 4/25/13, 11:07 am

When I was a little girl, my father always told me I was “the most beautiful girl in the world.”

I believed him with the kind of pure-hearted trust a daddy’s girl has for her father. And then I grew up.

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Backyard nest eggs

Food | Chicken coops and fresh eggs are the latest trend in urban farming
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/19/13, 10:10 am

After a long day, Mike Scott has something to look forward to. 

Often he sits back with a glass of wine in his 1920s Spanish-style home, watching eight chickens scuttle and peck around his verdant backyard while the sun sets over the hazy Los Angeles cityscape. The chickens’ routine is oddly comforting.

“It’s not just the children,” Scott said, gazing down at his flock. “The adults get mesmerized while watching the chickens, too.”

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