He's curently teaching a three-week course at FIU's campus in China. Campus in China? Yeah, that's right, FIU has its own School of Hospitality and Tourism Management program at Tianjin University. The 23-acre, $55-million campus paid for by the Chinese government wants to teach and train its students in the style of big, Western hotels.
Gump is teaching the Chinese students about taste, analysis, and appreciation. Tough gig, Barry. He's also blogging about the experience through Fred Tasker at the Herald. His most recent post comes from April 15 and explains how it's normal for "Chinese to take an Americanized nickname when in contact with English-speaking folks. We have students in my wine class with such names as Coke, Misty, Shirley, Julia, and today we met Ringo."