Yes, they really are silkworms, and yes, Andrew really did try them. He said a couple of the other teachers also tried them, but most of them just couldn't stomach the thought.
I can never again tease him about being a picky eater when he was a kid. He has completely redeemed himself.
One morning he called me from class with a question, and then sent this picture of the students. I told them all hello on WeChat, but since it was 6 a.m. our time, did not send a picture back. I told them that I don't do pictures that early in the morning, and they thought that was funny.
In other China news, Andrew did a full concert last week at a coffeehouse where he's been taking his guitar and singing from time to time. Apparently they even sold tickets; they sold out, and so many wanted to hear it that he is repeating the concert next weekend! I am not surprised that he's found a way to sing. He'd rather do that than eat.
These are three of his graduate students, who presented him flowers after the concert.