As orphans at the Taizhou
Children's Welfare Center, we learned not to be silent. To be
silent meant to be neglected and to be neglected meant to go
After I was adopted at four years old, my new parents had my
cleft palate surgically repaired. What's referred to as
hypernasal speech plagued me, but did not still my voice.
Now, lying next to you in a bed neither of us owns, you shush
me. Have I said something wrong? Or is my imminent starvation