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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Running from the regime

North Korea | North Korean escapees tell stories of brainwashing, abuse, and survival
by Daniel James Devine & Sophia Lee
Posted 3/17/14, 10:08 am

Today a United Nations commission will formally present a 372-page report to the Human Rights Council documenting abuses in North Korea. As we reported in the March 22 issue of WORLD, UN investigators have spent the past year probing eyewitness claims of atrocities committed by Kim Jong Un’s regime, interviewing former North Korean citizens, prison camp inmates, and military officials. What follows are graphic accounts given during UN hearings.

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Permanent marker

Culture | Once the domain of gangs and outcasts, tattoos have gone mainstream—including among Christians
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/07/14, 01:00 am

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Cat Brown, 35, sat patiently in Sid’s Tattoo Parlor, legs crossed under a poofy vintage skirt and numbing cream slathered over her back. A high school guidance counselor, Brown had flown from Tempe, Ariz., to Santa Ana, Calif., to see Sid Stankovits, her favorite tattoo artist and owner of the tiny shop in a strip mall.

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Gospel for Asia

Veil of Tears

Documentary
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/07/14, 01:00 am

Have you ever seen the face of a woman who spends her days waiting to die? You’ll see close-ups of many such faces in Veil of Tears, a new documentary that uncovers what one Indian woman calls “the darkest side of our country”: the bitter, lifelong oppression of women in India, all for the crime of being born female.

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