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La Crosse author reimagines Hmong folk tale in new book ‘Folklore’

The story of Xai and Sia is a Hmong folk tale of a young woman’s journey to the netherworld to save her husband and bring him back to life. Bao Xiong, author and founder of Moth House Press, expands on this traditional tale in her new book “Folklore”, where she imagines the story behind Sia’s — the wife’s — courage. 

Hmong Blacksmith Shop: Keeping The Tradition Glowing

In the back of the Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency in La Crosse, there’s a blacksmith shop where people can learn an historic craft. It’s here that master blacksmith Tong Khai Vang teaches apprentice Kong Mong Yang how to melt metal, pound it out into hot, glowing orange strips, and create traditional knives.

Catching Up With Miss Hmong Wisconsin

This weekend, Milwaukee’s Hmong community will host a New Year Celebration. Pang Xiong came to Wausau from Thailand with her family as a refugee when she was two years old. When she was a senior in high school, Pang became Miss Hmong Wisconsin and runner-up for Miss Hmong International.

School Counselor And Radio Host Champions Hmong Women’s Issues

Katie Thao endured a dramatic childhood escape to Laos and later took part in a traditional Hmong arranged marriage. Years later, she has become a leader in Wisconsin’s Hmong community and is leading what some would consider a modern life, as a working mother and using a public radio platform to be a voice in her cultural community. 

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