The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Falling in Love with Soon-Jung – Season 1, Episode 12

On Falling in Love with Soon-Jung, episode 12, Min-Ho and Soon-Jung desperately tried to find a supplier, and when it looked like there was no hope in sight, they received some unexpected help. Also, in episode 12, Soon-Jung started to come with terms with the fact that she liked Min-Ho.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 12 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

The entire cast of episode 12 was Asian, and White people were never mentioned in any of the casts’ conversations so the episode passed the race test. The episode did not, however, pass the Bechdel or Russo test, and the episode did not pass these tests because women only talked to each other once and in this one instance one of the women didn’t have a name (e.g., when the woman from Gold Partners talked to the porridge lady) and there were no LGBTI 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.

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