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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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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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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L.A. bookshop encourages a community to read

Books
by Sophia Lee
Posted 9/26/12, 10:02 am

LOS ANGELES—Amid taquerias, mom-and-pop shops, and fruit and taco stands at Boyle Height’s Mariachi Plaza Station in East Los Angeles, one store sticks out—a bookshop with rainbow-splattered bricks and a hand-painted yellow sign above the entrance that reads, “Libros Schmibros Lending Library.”

Inside, books cover one wall from floor to ceiling, and more books are piled on tables in the center of the room, where a gap-toothed man sits silently reading To Kill a Mockingbird.

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