The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Remember – Season 1, Episode 19

On the newest episode of Remember, episode 19, Jin-Woo finally cleared his father’s name, and he and In-A embarked on capturing and arresting a fleeing Gyoo-Man.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 19 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Jin-Woo and In-A act cutesy with one another after Jin-Woo finally clears his father’s name.

Episode 19 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned anyone White (i.e., only non-White individuals who never mentioned White people ever spoke). The episode did not, however, pass either the Bechdel or Russo test.

Women talked to each other twice in episode 19 (e.g., In-A’s mother told In-A to stay away from Jin-Woo and Yeo-Kyung informed In-A that Gyoo-Man was leaving the country), and while on one of those occasions both of the women involved had names, men were mentioned in their conversation so the episode did not pass the Bechdel test.

As to the Russo test, episode 19 did not pass this diversity 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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