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Violins and Chili Peppers

(by Lin Gothoni)

My mother is from Szechuan, China, arguably one of the spiciest kitchens in the world.

When she moved to Germany in the early 1980s to further pursue her career as a violinist, she felt excited and fascinated to be in a new place, but also found herself suddenly immersed in a completely different world. Being amongst only few Asian women in Bavaria at the time, her cultural background was considered exotic.

There weren’t many Chinese re