It is Xuerui Qian’s birthday, but that doesn’t mean it is a happy occasion. Neighborhood volunteers have come to celebrate with her, bringing along a cake, but none of her children have showed up.
She is painfully aware of how difficult it is to care for the elderly. While her children may want her apartment, they don’t want the chore of taking care of her. Now, as she eats her cake, it is impossible to tell whether she is laughing or crying.