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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Make California great again?

California | A politician and proud Trump supporter promises to win California back from Democrats
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/19/18, 03:38 pm

When a stranger says hi to you in Los Angeles, it’s safe to assume he’s either a homeless guy hustling for change, or he’s someone fresh out of the Midwest who hasn’t yet learned proper LA manners. But at a Californian-Italian bar in Santa Monica recently, strangers were greeting one another like long-lost friends. They smiled. They introduced themselves. They shook hands and hugged. And then they sat shoulder-to-shoulder, broke bread over spaghetti and beer-battered mushrooms, and castigated California liberals.

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Families in crisis

Homelessness | Family homelessness is a growing problem, and the government’s rapid rehousing policy may not be helping
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/15/18, 10:38 am

Patience Merchant’s 6-year-old son Kwama and 3-year-old daughter Aliyah don’t remember ever having a stable home. When Kwama was 3 months old, Merchant left his father over what she says was domestic abuse. She and her children have been shuffling in and out of emergency shelters ever since.

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How $450 revealed God’s heart

Drug Abuse | Finding compassion for the wounded and relapsing
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/12/18, 03:11 pm

Last week I wrote about my friend Joseph (not his real name), whom I met while working on an ongoing series on homelessness. After decades of living on the streets peddling for drugs, Joseph’s story had culminated with a miracle—he sobered up and stayed sober for more than a year at age 50, found a full-time job, and began dreaming of ways to serve God in ministry. But two weeks ago on a Saturday night, he called me asking for help: He had relapsed, and he needed to find a rehab program. 

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