The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Lucky Romance – Season 1, Episode 10

Soo-Ho and Gun-Wook both confessed to Bo-Nui on Lucky Romance, episode 10, but Bo-Nui rejected both of their advances despite any sort of feelings on her part.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 10 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Bo-Nui considers how she should handle a dinner invite from Soo-Ho.

Episode 10 passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this diversity test because there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people.

As to the Bechdel test, there were named women in episode 10 and there were some occasions where named women talked to each other,  but the episode did not pass the Bechdel test, and episode 10 did not pass this test because whenever named women talked to each other, men were mentioned. Episode 10 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 10.

*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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