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Leonard Hong

Research Assistant

Leonard joins The New Zealand Initiative as a Research Assistant. In 2019, Leonard completed his BA/BCom Conjoint degree at The University of Auckland. He majored in Politics & International Relations, History, Economics, and International Business. Previously he has worked as a research intern at The Centre for Independent Studies on economic, cultural, and global affairs.

Leonard is also a current member of the National Unification Advisory Council within the Korean Consulate in Auckland. 

He is currently working on a research project for The New Zealand Initiative that investigates the effects of demographics changes on the housing market.

Latest reports:
Research Note: Lessons from East Asia's Covid-19 Containment (2020)
Research Note: Lessons from Abroad: Taiwan's Covid-19 Containment Model (2020)
Research Note: Lessons from abroad: South Korea's Covid-19 containment model (2020)
Research Note: Lessons from abroad: Singapore’s Covid-19 containment model (2020)

 

Phone: 04 499 0790

Email: leonard.hong@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

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Card games in a post-truth World

When in the US earlier this year, I came across many souvenirs mocking the country’s leader, including a card game called, Trump Cards: The Wackiest Game of Fake News. It looked like a fun party card game in which players tried to pick out 'Fake News' from real quotes by President Donald Trump. Read more

Insights Newsletter
26 June, 2020
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Research Note: Lessons from East Asia's Covid-19 Containment

Since the first cases of the Covid-19 virus emerged in the Chinese province of Wuhan, several East Asian countries including Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan have successfully 'flattened the curve' of infection rates. The three countries used common public policies in the first 50 days since each registered their 100th case. Read more

Joel Hernandez
Research Note
25 May, 2020
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Research Note: Lessons from Abroad: Taiwan's Covid-19 Containment Model

Alongside South Korea, Taiwan is one of the few countries to “flatten the curve” of Covid-19 without a national lockdown due to its prior experience with the SARS epidemic of 2003. New Zealand’s pathway is similar to Taiwan’s and there are lessons to be learned as New Zealand moves into Alert Level 2. Read more

Joel Hernandez
Research Note
12 May, 2020
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Lessons from South Korea: Looking 40 days into the future

South Korea has quickly become a model country for effectively containing Covid-19 without needing a national lockdown. Given that the liberal democracy of South Korea is 40 days ahead of New Zealand on the epidemiological curve, it offers important lessons on how to balance an increase of economic activity with continued efforts towards virus elimination as New Zealand leaves Alert Level 4. Read more

Insights Newsletter
24 April, 2020
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Research Note: Lessons from abroad: South Korea's Covid-19 Containment Model

As the world struggles to contain Covid-19, many countries are at different stages of containment and mitigation since registering their first 100 cases. Some, like South Korea, are more than a month further ahead compared with New Zealand and could offer a good example of what might be expected as New Zealand transitions out of Alert Level 4 lockdown. Read more

Joel Hernandez
Research Note
23 April, 2020
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Podcast #8: Leonard Hong on Singapore’s Covid-19 containment model

The world has had mixed success containing Covid-19 with Singapore as a standout example during the early phases of the pandemic. Our Research Assistant Leonard Hong talks to chief editor Nathan Smith about Singapore’s approach and shares the lessons for New Zealand. Read more

Nathan Smith
Podcast
9 April, 2020
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Research Note: Lessons from abroad: Singapore’s Covid-19 Containment Model

Singapore has set a high standard for dealing with Covid-19 and despite its decision to enter a lockdown this week, New Zealand can learn a lot from the country, according to a new report Lessons from abroad: Singapore’s Covid-19 containment model from the New Zealand Initiative. Although Singapore has enacted a “circuit breaker” lockdown to defend against some new sources of coronavirus, it could make this choice due to its earlier efforts to identify, control and contain the pandemic threatening its territory. Read more

Research Note
8 April, 2020

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