Finally, an update on Korean American UCLA student Chris Jeon! He's the ambitious 4.3 GPA average Orange County student turned Libyan rebel, who is known as "Ahmed Mugrabi Saidi Barga" when in Libya. I've been wondering what happened to this guy the past few months but could not for the life of me remember his name. You probably recall when his crazy story made the rounds the first time in our media--after all, how often is it that the kid of an affluent suburban American family decides to pop out of his clean-cut bubble and join a foreign culture in the midst of civil war?
Apparently breaking out of his clean cut financial-career bubble changed his life (and continues to do so). Jeon didn't set out for northern Africa for vacation or work, like most Americans who visit the region--that would be too easy. But certain parts of his journey are familiar and practical for the average Westerner to follow along--like how he used the travel site couchsurfing.org in order to make a contact in Libya. Meeting up with wealthy local Ayman Amzain, who dreams of moving to San Francisco, is one of the most fascinating snippets of his story:
The story gets better, and even the author seems to get caught up in the adrenaline…so now I'm wondering, when's the book and movie coming out?