Brandon’s Writing And Presenting

His experiences, observations, and insights
from around the world


…it was extremely refreshing to read your comments.” -Kaitlin, St Paul, Minnesota

Brandon offers that which is usually missed: the neglected side of a discussion, the life of an unsung hero, analysis of how cultures compare/contrast–and what all this says about us as humans. Much of Brandon’s writing has been influenced by travel and his living in China and Tanzania. He uses multimedia to help his stories come alive.

Brandon writes here at The Periphery, is the author of Life Learned Abroad: Lessons on Humanity From China, and his works have appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press,,, and more. Here are some examples:

Addressing race and disparity: A search for those doing work that counts

…your essay was well researched, well-balanced and the information essential for the general public to understand the culture of poverty. -Sue, Minneapolis, Minnesota

What I Learned About Race Living in Africa

Best, most fair, most ‘action to a problem’ article I have read in a very very long time.

Why We Don’t Have to Fear China

Brandon, I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see an article that brings light to this topic in an unbiased way. I really appreciated this article! -Michele, Bemidji, Minnesota

(For more examples of his work, click here for Brandon’s portfolio.)



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Brandon’s presentations are a blend of storytelling, photography, and video from his experiences and the topics provoked such as: human nature, philosophy, travel adventures, culture, and more. (For some examples of his speaking, click here.)

“Even if I could say ‘Thank You!’ in all the dialects of China, that would still be an insufficient expression of my gratitude for your thoughtful presentation last evening. It was insightful, gracefully delivered, and highly educational.” -Dr. Richard Bohr, professor of East Asia Studies, St. John’s University, Minnesota

Edina, Minnesota
At the Change it Forward-Tanzania Benefit Dinner in Edina, Minnesota April 2015

Brandon conducted a book/speaking tour about his experiences in East Africa and to share his book Life Learned Abroad: Lessons on Humanity from China.

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The combination of photos, personal experiences, and historical, political facts was very effective in experiencing the people of Tanzania!” -Cathy, Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota
In Minneapolis, Minnesota
With a fan in Brainerd, Minnesota

You did a great job really putting us in the environment and culture combining slides with your narration.”  -Peggy, Osseo, Minnesota

Brandon regularly presents about his lastest travels, his interactions from the road, and the lessons learned as a result.

At the Bemidji, Minnesota library November 2016, presenting “Voices From the South”

“…my favorite part was the black woman who overcame her childhood and still was optimistic about her life today.  It was good to hear someone not blaming her past and using it as an excuse to stay stuck! It also made me realize that the media is so busy reporting the ugly that we think this world is in worse shape than it is.  There are a lot of good people out there who are content with their lives even though they don’t ‘have it all.‘” -Rhonna, Blackduck, MN

If interested in having Brandon Ferdig present or write for you, contact him at

“Brandon Ferdig’s book, Life Learned Abroad: Lessons on Humanity From China, is a unique work that goes well beyond the normal ‘we’re not in Kansas anymore’ style of travel writing. The insights Ferdig shares from his experiences and observations through China speak to the heart of humanity. He illuminates such institutions as law enforcement and education; social issues such as poverty and wealth distribution, factory labor, and people’s treatment of animals; and such human expressions as femininity and masculinity, sex and romance, and Eastern vs. Western thought. The book is more than an entertaining travel narrative; it is immediately relevant to college-level Asian studies and sociology courses.” -Richard Bohr, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor and Director of Asian Studies, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Minnesota

What say you?