|Stepping aboard China Eastern is|
like already being back in China
As an aside, I do speak a fair bit of Mandarin Chinese, and found that my spasmodic dysphonia was always worse when trying to speak this non-native language than it was when speaking English.
It’s been a long journey, in many respects. In retrospect it wasn’t that bad, but I’m relieved that the hardest part is behind me. Now all I have to do is wait and be patient, which is not easy, because I’m not a patient person.
In one regard, it’s easier to be voiceless in China than in the US. I can just point to things in shops and they’ll just assume that I'm a dumb foreigner that doesn't speak Chinese instead of assuming that I just don’t speak.