The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Falling in Love with Soon-Jung – Season 1, Episode 11

On Falling in Love with Soon-Jung, episode 11, Min-Ho tried to find a supplier for the product he needed to keep Hermia afloat, but everywhere he turned there was Joon-Hee blocking his efforts.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 11 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

There were a couple of named women in episode 11 and there were two instances where named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., there were two occasions where Soon-Jung talked to the other secretaries, and men weren’t directly or indirectly referenced) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. The episode also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast was Asian, and White people were never mentioned in any of the casts’ conversations.

As to the Russo test, episode 11 did not pass this test because there were no LBGTI characters in the episode.

*The Bechdel test entails three requirements:
1. It has to have at least two (named) women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

**The Vito Russo test entails three requirements:
1. The show contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and/or transgender
2. The character must not be solely or predominately defined by her sexual orientation, gender identity and/or as being intersex
3.The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that her removal would have a significant effect

***The race or people of color (POC) test has three requirements:
1. It has two people of color in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a White person

****Just because a show passes the Bechdel, Russo and race test does not mean that it is not sexist, heterosexist, racist and/or cissexist, etc. The Bechdel, Russo and race test is only a bare minimum qualifier for the representation of LGBTI individuals, women and people of color in television. The failure to pass these tests also does not identify whether the central character was a woman, a person of color or a LGBTQI individual and it does not dictate the quality of the show.