Sophia Lee

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

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Feeling helpless for the homeless

Homelessness | Our best efforts to fix the problem are still falling short
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/10/19, 02:46 pm

A while ago, a church friend invited me to give a talk about homelessness at her local community group in Los Angeles. More than two dozen people showed up that night—much more than usual, my friend later told me. That night we squeezed into a living room and for two hours talked about how to best help the homeless in our city.

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Hard exit

Immigration | For deportees to Mexico, adjusting to a new life outside the United States is hard
by Sophia Lee
Posted 6/07/19, 12:58 am

When Luiz Ramirez stepped off the bus at the immigration facility in Tijuana, Mexico, he had only a prison-issued gray sweat suit and a brown paper bag carrying his personal items. A fresh deportee in an unfamiliar city, he stood dazed amid the sights and sounds of the world’s busiest border crossing: Near the San Ysidro Port of Entry, taxi drivers call out to tourists, baby-cradling mothers peddle chewing gum and peanut marzipans, street vendors hawk their wares, and pharmacy owners advertise cheap ED pills.

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Speaking as a friend

Evangelism | Learning to talk to non-Christians with sensitivity and humility
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/28/19, 02:34 pm

A while ago, I was having dinner at a Japanese izakaya with one of my best friends when we began talking about Islam. 

A little context: At the time, I was pretty obsessed about Islam. After reporting on Islamism in Southeast Asia and reading former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi’s books, I concluded that Islam is a dangerous religion, one that’s fundamentally violent in its goal to function as a political system. Meanwhile, my friend—let’s call her Jane—is a liberal freethinker who looks out for oppressed minorities, and to her, Muslims belonged to that group. 

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