wu asia

#100Days100Women Day 92: Wu Zetian was the only Empress Regnant of China in its 4,000 year history. Wu was born into a wealthy family, but additionally her father encouraged her to read and become highly educated. Wu worked her way up through the royal court to become empress-consort, empress dowager and finally rule in her own right as empress regnant. Much has been written about her cruel and murderous ways, but as with Livia, it’s difficult to separate what is true from what is Cautionary Tale of Bad Woman. It is a fact that she ordered political rivals executed & had spies and secret police (though repugnant our democratic sensibilities, this is common practice in history’s empires) but the salacious tales of infanticide and sexual depravity could very well be highly embellished. 
What is known is that in a highly patriarchal society, she managed to peacefully and gainfully rule for decades. She prepared the country for her rule by improving the reputation of her maternal line and ordering biographies written of famous women. She elevated Buddhism above Confucianism and built Buddhist shrines (the faces of these Buddhas are said to resemble hers). She finally, under pressure, gave up the throne at age 80, shortly before her death. Her reign is remembered as a high point, even by hostile biographers and historians.

Going Karaoke With EXO
  • Xiumin
    • Knows every girl group song
    •  Laid back most of the time
    • Might laugh at Suho’s jokes, but not always
    • Also tries to make these jokes, but not as frequently as Suho
      • gets a slightly better response.
    • Cutely bounces to the beat of upbeat or cute songs.
  • Luhan
    • Sings beautifully
    • Sometimes the only one singing seriously
    • Get’s distracted easily
    • Tries to sing the manly parts, but is stuck with the girl songs/parts because of other members
  • Kris
    • Doesn’t sing anything that isn’t his style
      • Forgets halfway through the song that it wasn’t his style and slowly joins in
    • Doesn’t sing or rap much
    • Goes Uhh, Yeah, You know, That’s Right most of the time.
    • Will judge anyone’s English, even if his isn’t that great either (While he was in Exo…it’s a lot better now)
    • If he’s quiet for a long time, it’s because he’s eating something he had declared not his style at the beginning, but when hungry, what does he care.
  • Suho
    • Tries hard at singing anything Chinese because he feels he should be able to, as leader.
    • Switches between being the serious one to trying to be the silliest for laughs.
      • Doesn’t ever really go well, no matter what he tries to do
    • Will always sing his parts if it’s their song
  • Lay
    • Will randomly sing or rap to any song, but won’t do a whole song
    • If it’s his turn to suggest, he might pick a Chinese song/ballad, but the other’s won’t usually know it.
      • Not even some of the Chinese members, *cough* Tao *cough*
      • Lets someone else choose or goes with a really popular song to make sure they know it.
    • Dances with his arms if sitting, and his whole body if standing .
    • Pretty quiet and in his thoughts half the time.
  • Beakhyun
    • Only one who dares to challenge Chen
      • Can keep up and sometimes even beats him with his colorful voice
    • Sings girls group songs like a pro or a clown. 
      • No in between.
    • As the night progresses, he starts wearing his clothes weirdly.
    • Imitates others’ singing/rapping
    • Surprisingly doesn’t get to on D.O.’s nerves.
  • Chen
    • Jongdae Screeches in the middle of the room
    • Jongdae screeches in the corner
    • Jongdae screeches in front of the screen
    • Highkey judging everyone’s singing, even if they’re just messing around
    • Eye rolls at Suho’s jokes
    • Picks rock songs to show off his powerful voice.
    • Only Baekhyun tries to compete with him.
      • Tao might try but no one notices
  • Chanyeol
    • Raps everything
    • Will rap over others
      • Will definitely rap over Tao
    • Eats a lot.
      • More than anyone else probably.
    • Will probably try to multitask by eating and rapping at the same time
      • Ends up spitting on other members and the mike.
  • D.O.
    • Done with everyone one the way there
    • Wants to snap at Jongdae for screeching out of nowhere
      • But then is taken aback by his singing so keeps it to himself
    • If peer pressured or by chance is holding a mic, he’ll sing.
      • Might just sing some parts, but they’re usually long parts
    • Won’t rap. 
      • Just won’t anymore.
    • Probably just eats the whole time
  • Tao
    • Tries at first to understand what others are saying, but gives up talking soon after.
    • If he notices everyone picking on someone, he will jump in loudly as well
    • Likes to show off his rap/singing abilities
      • No one pays attention
    • Stuck to Kris who vaguely acknowledges his presence.
  • Kai
    • Doesn’t take his parts seriously
    • If he sang really bad, and others just looked at him, he’d laugh it off awkwardly
    • Doesn’t sing as much as the others, but has just as much fun
    • You see him swaying most of the the time
  • Sehun 
    • Judges everyone
      • Even when they’re actually singing/rapping really well
    • Likes it when others argue b/c DRAMA
    • Has a smirk/smile plastered on his face the whole time
    • Doesn’t sing or rap. 
      • Not even when it’s their songs and it’s his parts. 
      • Too busy judging everyone
      • Probably never even touches a mic
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The only piece of relic discovered by archeologists today that has direct relation with the famous, one and only Empress Wu (武則天)of Wuzhou (武周). This piece of Gold is used as a giving to the God to reflect on the wrongdoings of the Empress as the Emperor. Her name 武瞾 is clearly shown in the middle of the piece.


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