The Internet's newest fascination is a guy named Chis Jeon, a 21-year-old math major at UCLA, who decided a fun way to finish out his summer vacation would be to fly to Libya and fight with the rebels there. Now we want to know everything about him stateside, so we've done a bit of web stalking to learn more. Perhaps Jeon, who will be a senior this year, is getting a jump on the kind of post-college diversionary position Jennifer 8. Lee wrote about in The New York Times on Thursday.
Kristen Chick, the Christian Science Monitor's Egypt correspondent, was one of the first Western journalists to find Jeon, whom she photographed holding an assault rifle and wearing a blue Los Angeles basketball jersey. He told her, "At spring break I told my friends a 'sick' vacation would be to come here and fight with the rebels." Jeon's story is priceless not just because it's a really weird thing to do -- he flew to Cairo on a one-way ticket, then snuck into Libya and linked up with the rebels, mostly communicating through sign language -- but because Jeon is so darned goofy. His reason for the one-way ticket, as told to The National's Bradley Hope: "If I get captured or something, I don’t want to waste another US$800." And Hope's description of him trying to use a gun is priceless: " 'How do you fire this thing?' he asked on Wednesday as a bearded rebel handed him an AK-47. Locating the trigger of the assault rifle and switching off the safety, Mr Jeon fired it in the air in two short bursts."
Jeon's Facebook profile shows a photo of him at what the LA Weekly identified as the Coachella music festival.( Read more...Collapse )
Uh. IDEK what to make of this. I mean, on the one hand, he's very brave? OTOH, it seems like he did this because it would be "sick" and he can go home anytime he wants. (ETA: sorry about the ginormous photo. Should I hide it?)