I think this was a very interesting topic discussed in class. There are many different types of stereotypes presented in the film. But, I think it is important to discuss and realize that there may be a difference from stereotypes presented and stereotypes that are enhanced. Everyday, we see people live up to stereotypes that are put on them-not that this is necessarily a bad thing- and I think that this was done in the film a lot. But, there are also instances and people in the film who it seems that the director enhances what we would characterize them on based on their race, culture, or role.
I think that Cindy's family followed their stereotype. They were very adamant on her working and seemed to be quite critical of her. They seemed very strict, but still loving. They knew that she needed to work for the family and they made it very clear to her as well. Their meeting with the director of the ship and Cindy was quite amusing. The mother was extremely critical of Cindy and her work, but her father seemed very encouraging and complimented Cindy on her ability and craving to learn.
The role of the ship manager seemed to be enhanced/changed a little bit in my perspective. He held a very manager-like role in the points where he had to fire an employee and through his training of the employees. But, I think he was probably one of the nicest bosses I had ever seen be portrayed. Normally, the boss is the one yelling at everyone and making a spectacle out of those that are not completing their job correctly, but there were other members of the ship that took on that role.