Hmong Blacksmith

By Maureen McCollum | May 29, 2013


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The Hmong community has historically been self-sufficient. In the back of the La Crosse Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association is a blacksmith shop where people melt their own metal and pound out hot, glowing orange strips of metal into knives.

WPR’s Maureen McCollum recently visited the shop where she met apprentice Kong Mong Yang and master blacksmith Tong Khai Vang. Kong translates for Tong Khai.

Maureen McCollum

Maureen McCollum is the host of “Morning Edition” on Wisconsin Public Radio. She loves to explore the Midwest in her RV despite being nowhere near retirement age. 
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