The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days – Season 1, Episode 2

On The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days, episode 2, a new cute intern named Seo-Hoo joined Ha-Na’s workplace, and as the two worked together, Seo-Hoo began to show interest in Ha-Na and Ha-Na questioned having a possible relationship with a younger man.

As to Won, in episode 2, So-Eun, a young flight attendant, joined his flight crew and while she was interested in him, he could barely spare a thought for her as he was more interested in Ha-Na and the new boy hanging around her.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 2 passed the Bechdel and race test, but it did not pass the Russo test.

Named women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 2, and in two of these instances, named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Ha-Na talked to a named female coworker about a missing actress and Ha-Na talked to her ex’s named wife about leaving a store) so the episode passed the Bechdel test.

Episode 2 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast was non-White (more specifically, they were all Asian) and because none of the characters ever mentioned White people (which means that all of the conversations in episode 2 passed the race test).

As to the Russo test, episode 2 did not pass this 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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