The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Falling in Love with Soon-Jung – Season 1, Episode 13

In Falling in Love with Soon-Jung, episode 13, Soon-Jung learned that Min-Ho had received Dong-Wook’s heart, and the news was just too much for her. She could no longer stand to be in Min-Ho’s presence as she didn’t know whether or not what she felt for him was because of Dong-Wook’s phantom presence or because she actually cared for him, so she turned in her resignation and left the company.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 13 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

The entire cast of episode 13 was Asian, and White people were never mentioned by any of the cast so the episode passed the race test.

As to the Bechdel test, episode 13 did not pass this test because while there were named women in the episode who spoke to each other, they always mentioned men in their conversations. The episode also failed to pass the Russo test, and episode 13 did not pass this test because 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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