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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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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Photo by Sophia Lee for WORLD

Beating the system

North Korea | For the first North Korean to receive asylum in the United States under a 2004 human-rights law, a life of freedom comes through danger and cost, attended by miracles
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/05/12, 01:00 am

LOS ANGELES—Suh first heard the word God in Korean—ha-na-nim—from his 70-year-old grandmother when he was about 12. It was a word seldom uttered in North Korea, where media portrays American missionaries as evil white devils and Bible possession is punishable by death.

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Associated Press/Photo by Irfan Khan (Los Angeles Times)

Weekend's Carmegeddon II had little effect on L.A. life

California
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/02/12, 10:29 am

LOS ANGELES—Interstate Highway 405 in Southern California usually fumes with car exhaust and the resigned temper of Angelenos who bake inside their barely inching cars.

But this weekend, a 10-mile stretch of one of the nation’s busiest freeways stood eerily empty as the city closed it off for construction work. While city officials and residents had worried of the closure’s impact on the rest of the city—250,000 motorists drive on the freeway each day—most drivers seemed to heed warnings and either stayed local or took other freeways.

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