What can we learn from current Australian bush fires – My opinion piece for Kuensel (January 11, 2020)

Let me start by putting Australian bush fires into perspective. The 2019 Amazon rainforest fires burned more than 900,000 hectares. California in the USA, which is known for its deadly wildfires burnt just over 100,000 hectares in 2019, and about 400,000 hectares in 2018. Australian bushfire has already burnt over 6 million hectares (almost twice [...]

Gungtong – A complicated phenomenon

My preliminary assessment of Gungtong is revealing some interesting local political dynamics. When I say "local political", I'm referring to the Gungtong data that is maintained and reported by local leaders to the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs. The first problem is the lack of a clear definition of Gungtong. While Gungtong, in general, [...]