So we have all seen the videos and footage of the devastation that hurricane Harvey caused which swept across parts of the USA. There have been fatalities and a lot of damage to homes, livelihoods and memories. Texas was hit hard and there is a lot of life rebuilding for many who were impacted. In saying that, I found 2 positive stories which came out of this devastation which shows how humanity and love trumps everything else. Both these stories are under reported and involve Asian Americans.


The first story I wish to discuss is about the sushi bar which prepared 1000 meals for victims of the hurricane. Meet Phe and Binh Nguyen, owner of Sake Sushi Bar and Lounge in Port Arthur, Texas, who out of the kindness and generosity of their heart prepared 1000 meals for hurricane victims. Phe’s son, Keith posted this onto his Facebook.

This is what he said:

“My dad and uncle Binh own a restaurant in Southeast Texas and they were also affected by Harvey but the media doesn’t cover it,” Keith said on Facebook. “Today them, their staff and volunteers helped create over 1000 meals for victims, first responders, and other volunteers.”

“My dad and uncle are both very humble about it but I believe they at least deserve recognition and appreciation for everything that they do,” Keith wrote. “Their restaurant is Sake Sushi Bar and Lounge in Port Arthur, TX. If you’re ever in the area you should stop by and support these hard working men, or even share their good deed on Facebook. They deserve it.”

Since Keith posted it on his Facebook it has now caught media attention and his post has been shared 440,000 times. 


The second one is about an Asian American couple who could not have their wedding because their wedding venue was flooded. This is every newly wed couple’s nightmare. ABC News 7 reports that a Houston police lieutenant stepped in and married the nuptials. This momentous event was posted in a series of tweets by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, where Homicide Division Lieutenant John McGalin (who has also been ordained as a minister) married the couple, making their wedding day dreams come true.

1000 meals prepared and a wedding – I think these are the stories to bring us hope!

Images via ABC News 7 and Shareably

To read the full articles, please click on: Restaurant made 1,000 meals for hurricane victims, hasn’t been covered by media. Let’s thank them and Couple married by Houston police lieutenant after wedding canceled because of Harvey