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North Korea Book Club

The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un  by Anna Fifield

How can we begin to understand the complex history of North Korea and its leader? This program dived deeper into this question by engaging in a dynamic discussion with other educators, exploring contemporary challenges facing North Korean society, and sharing diverse strategies for bringing North Korea into the classroom.

This book club was led by Tese Wintz Neighbor and by Ryan Hauck, and was open to K-12 in-service and pre-service teachers. The registration fee of $10 included a copy of the book, a light dinner, 4 clock hours, and resources.

The North Korea Book Club met in Bellingham and Bellevue, WA. This program was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center and the World Affairs Council in Seattle, and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

Locations and dates:

Bellevue – Wednesday, December 4, 2019, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM; Bellevue High School Room 2112, 10416 SE Wolverine Way, Bellevue, WA 98004.

Bellingham – Thursday, December 5, 2019, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM; Squalicum High School Room D 101, 3773 E McLeod Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226.

Free parking will be provided at all locations.


  • a copy of the book
  • resource packet
  • four free Washington State OSPI clock hours
  • light supper

Book club facilitator:  

The Book Club was facilitated by EARC China Specialist Tese Wintz Neighbor and by Ryan Hauck from the World Affairs Council.

Book: The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un by Anna Fifield

“Anna Fifield reconstructs Kim’s past and present with exclusive access to sources near him and brings her unique understanding to explain the dynastic mission of the Kim family in North Korea. Skeptical yet insightful, Fifield creates a captivating portrait of the oddest and most secretive political regime in the world–one that is isolated yet internationally relevant, bankrupt yet in possession of nuclear weapons–and its ruler, the self-proclaimed Beloved and Respected Leader, Kim Jong Un.” (excerpt from book description on Goodreads)


Application for this program is currently closed.