Daily Dose: 12/14/11

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Nation

>>Hearsay Social’s CEO, Clara Shih, appointed as Starbucks’ Board of Directors

The co-founder of Hearsay Social, Clara Shih, was recently appointed as the Starbuck’s Board of Directors.

Shih joins fellow board members Schultz, Allen & Company’s William Bradley, Ariel Capital Management Mellody Hobson, Juniper Networks’ Kevin Johnson, PepsiCo’s Olden Lee, Kissinger Associates’ Joshua Cooper Ramo, Trinity Ventures’ James Shennan, Jr., Colgate – Palmolive Company’s Javier Teruel J.C. Penney’s Myron Ullman, III and Craig Weatherup.

Hearsay Social is a software helping corporations manage their social media networks, such as Facebook, Linkedin and twitter. Shih co-founded this software with Microsoft Staffer, Steve Garrity.

Examples of Clients using the platform include State Farm, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, and fitness chain 24 Hour Fitness.

For more information, visit: http://techcrunch.com/2011/12/14/twenty-nine-year-old-hearsay-social-ceo-clara-shih-joins-starbucks-board-of-directors/

Bay Area

>>Bay Area’s Burmese Refugees face assimilation issues; could become “permanent underclass”

Burmese Refugees are struggling to assimilate to the Bay Area, an acculturation problem, cautioned a local community group, that might turn them into a “permanent underclass”

Many of these refugees struggle with depression and hopelessness because they experience language barriers, joblessness, and public safety concerns. According to the report by San Francisco State University and the Oakland-based Burma Refugee Family Network, 63 percent report unemployment, 57 percent live in poverty, and 38 percent do not speak English.

These issues prevent them from integrating into their new environment, an experience Bya Reh, 26, could relate to. “I try to be happy,” said Reh through an interpreter. “I don’t want to think about things that make me feel depressed. There are things that make me sad, but I try to put them aside.”

Reh also suggested it may be too late for his parents to learn English because they face “very slim” opportunities, compared to Burmese youths.

“Young adults like me have more opportunities here.”

For more information, visit: http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_19533417

Sports

>>Chan Ho Park fulfills desire to finish his baseball career in South Korea

Pitcher Chan Ho Park fulfills his desire to finish his baseball career near his hometown in South Korea, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball organization. This team is in Daejeon, South Korea, which is near Park’s hometown of Gongju.

Park signed with the Eagles after Korean baseball officials allowed the 38-year-old to begin playing instead of entering the draft.

Park played with the Orix Buffalos in Japan last year, finishing the season with a 1-5 record and a 4.29 ERA.

He spent 16 years in the Major Leagues before spending a year in Japan, playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1994-2001, 2008), the Texas Rangers (2002-2005), the San Diego Padres (2005-2006), the New York Mets (2007), the Philadelphia Phillies (2009), the New York Yankees (2010), and the Pittsburgh Pirates (2010).

He wrapped up his Major League career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David Ka Wai Pan is your typical Asian American, confused about his identity but determined to learn more about it. How? By writing and posting articles here at AsianWeek.