Taiwanese youth activist Lai Pin-yu is also a cosplayer, previously cosplaying as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars, as well as Evangelion’s Asuka. And now, she is officially a lawmaker for her country, winning the elections for the congress seat for New Taipei City’s 12th District. Following her win, she posted a photo of herself as Sailor Mars, asking people to advise her as she holds her position for four years.


Posted by 賴品妤 on Saturday, 11 January 2020

She’s also a huge Yu-Gi-Oh! fan. We know this because when she found out she won, she posted a photo of herself with the meme version of Joey Wheeler:

Posted by Fake中華台北文青女孩 on Saturday, 11 January 2020

Lai, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), received a total of 84,393 votes for this election. She defeated former Taipei City Deputy Mayor Lee Yong-ping of the Kuomintang to secure her seat in congress.

Lai started her political activities when she protested the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with China during the Sunflower Student Movement of 2014. She officially started her run for the 2020 Taiwanese elections back in September with a hugely anti-China platform. She called on Taiwan’s independence, and opposed unification with China. She is noted for cosplaying as Evangelion’s Asuka as she performed her speeches.

Lai is also now the youngest member of the Legislative Yuan at 27 years of age. Whether she will still be cosplaying now that she’s a lawmaker is still out for debate though.

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