The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Falling in Love with Soon-Jung – Season 1, Episode 14

On Falling in Love with Soon-Jung, episode 14, life was going great for Soon-Jung – she found a new job, she found a cheap, nice, new home and random strangers kept helping her. In comparison, life was not going so great for Min-Ho – without Soon-Jung, Min-Ho was forlorn, he acted erratically, and while at first it seemed like his business was doing well, Hermia ended up in trouble once again due to Joon-Hee’s actions.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 14 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

The entire cast of episode 14 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, there were several named woman in the episode and there were a couple of occasions where named women spoke to each other, but because the women always mentioned men in their conversations, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test. Episode 14 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 14.

*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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