County library, museum work to preserve Hmong culture

By John Bailey, Hickory Daily Record

Hmong Story Cloth Image

Siobhan Loendorf’s eyes lit up when she pulled up the image of a Hmong travel document on the computer screen in front of her.

“It looks like a little luggage tag, but this is an actual copy of (Xiong Tong’s) passport when he came from Thailand to America (in 1992),” the Catawba County Assistant Library Director said. “It just has a string and that’s just that manila card stock, and he and his family saved all theirs in really good order, but a lot of people threw theirs away or they got ruined.”

It was one of dozens of items brought in by three area Hmong families to be catalogued by the Library on Feb. 24.

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