The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Falling in Love with Soon-Jung – Season 1, Episode 15

The second to final episode of Falling in Love with Soon-Jung arrived, and in the episode, Soon-Jung and Min-Ho started to date; Ok-Hyun tried to break into Joon-Hee’s apartment; Hermia went bankrupt; and Min-Ho learned that his body was rejecting his heart transplant.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 15 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

All of the characters in episode 15 were Asian, and the cast never mentioned White people so the episode passed the race test.

As to the Bechdel test, episode 15 did not pass this test because even though there were named women in the episode, they only spoke to each other once and they mentioned men in their conversation. Episode 15 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode 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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