Why Revolutionaries Love Spicy Food

How the chili pepper got to China

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Feb 12 · 14 min read
Illustrations: Jackie Ferrentino

By Andrew Leonard

In 1932, the Soviet Union sent one of its best agents to China, a former schoolteacher and counter-espionage expert from Germany named Otto Braun. His mission was to serve as a military adviser to the Chinese Communists, who were engaged in a desperate battle for survival against Chiang Kai-shek’s…

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