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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A temple in Little Tokyo

Religion | Understanding why a Buddhist memorial service for miscarried and aborted babies appeals to hurting human hearts
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/16/18, 12:50 pm

I must have walked past the Japanese Buddhist temple in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, several dozen times and never noticed it until the day I set up an interview with the temple priest there. That was in December, when I was working on a story about the Japanese Buddhist practice of observing memorial services for unborn babies (see “Guilt Offerings”).

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The story I won’t forget

Faith & Inspiration | One profile I wrote in 2017 still stirs emotions within me today
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/08/18, 01:46 pm

As a journalist, I get asked this question a lot: “What was your favorite story you wrote?” I always have a hard time answering that question, because every story I write leaves me with a different impression.

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The price of money

Movie | All the Money in the World depicts the life of billionaire J. Paul Getty and the sorrowful consequences of greed
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/04/18, 10:37 am

If your teenage grandson was kidnapped, how much money would you be willing to pay to get him back alive? For J. Paul Getty, once the richest private citizen in the world, the answer was nothing. To the demanded ransom—$17 million—Getty snorted, “I have 14 grandchildren, and if I pay one penny now, I’ll have 14 kidnapped grandchildren.” Getty gained more fame for that cold stinginess than for his immense wealth.

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