The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Moorim School – Season 1, Episode 4

Soon-Duk and Sun-A came to Shi-Woo and Chi-Ang’s rescue on Moorim School, episode 4, and with their help, Shi-Woo and Chi-Ang were able to safely return to Moorim.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 4 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Shi-Woo drives Soon-Duk back to Moorim after a hard day of work.

Episode 4 passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because while there were two White individuals in the episode and there were a couple of instances where some of the non-White individuals in the episode talked to someone White, the cast was primarily Asian so there were many instances where only non-White individuals talked to each other and they did so without mentioning White people. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 4 did not pass either of these diversity tests.

Named women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 4, but the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other. The episode did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 4.

*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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