Every day I make,” says Kong, who immi­grat­ed to the U.S. from South Korea near­ly 40 years ago. “Big and small, large and nar­row, wide ones, high ones, low ones, dif­fer­ent col­ors. I can’t remem­ber how many I’ve made—maybe a cou­ple of thou­sand.” He began mak­ing the col­lages sim­ply to pass the 12 hours a day he spends work­ing in the store, but it quick­ly blos­somed into a pas­sion.