Dinner with 12 Tigers

Date: 
April 17, 2018 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Dinner with 12 Tigers series introduces current students to alumni of similar underrepresented backgrounds (race, culture, gender identity, first-generation and/or low socioeconomic status). During these dinners, the alum traditionally discusses their own experience as a college student, describes their career path since leaving Princeton, and offers advice on various professional development topics. Purposely limited in size, the dinners provide students with a chance to connect more deeply with an alum and gain valuable advice for navigating Princeton and professional pursuits beyond the "Orange Bubble."

The April Dinner with 12 Tigers features George Bustin '70 & Angie Tang '91.

George L. Bustin graduated from Woodbridge High School (NJ) in 1966. He was the first in his family to attend university, and the first from his high school to be admitted to Princeton since 1948. George's family background was blue collar, his father a pipefitter and mother a nurse. They believed strongly in education but could not conceive of their son attending Princeton -- which was, for them, an alternate universe, for people of the F. Scott Fitzgerald type or heirs of industrial fortunes. They also knew that there was no way they could afford tuition at Princeton; George agreed that unless he managed to gain full financial aid, he would abandon his hopes and go elsewhere. Fortunately, a combination of university grants, a merit scholarship from the chemical company where his father worked, and summer employment provided the necessary means. By random draw, George was assigned to room freshman year with an English student who had just graduated from Eton, and whose family included several generations of Oxford dons. The contrast in life circumstances could not have been greater, but the two became life-long friends. At Princeton, George was named a university scholar at the end of freshman year, became president of the Princeton Debate Panel, and was one of the founding members of Stevenson Hall (since he resolved not to join any selective club); he participated in student government and in the Princeton in France program. George found Princeton academically challenging, and understood he would need to put in a maximum effort to graduate. At the same time, he was confident that the social distance he sometimes felt at the university would not have any bearing on his ability to succeed academically. He majored in the Woodrow Wilson School, with a certificate in the Program in European Civilization and graduated summa cum laude in 1970. Thereafter, he obtained a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1973 and joined the firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he became a partner and is now a senior counsel (having served in the Brussels, Moscow and New York offices over a period of 38 years). From 1992 -2007, George was international legal counsel to the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation in connection with the restructuring of about $100 billion of Russia's sovereign debt. Since 2007, he has been associated with Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs. He has also been a Lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School, where he taught graduate and undergraduate seminars on relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation. He has been a guest lecturer at several other universities. He has served as chair of the Princeton Schools Committee (2009-2011) and on the national board of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations since 2014. In 2011, George received the Alumni Council Award for Service to Princeton. He is currently president of the Class of 1970.

Angie Tang's career history spans more than 25 years in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is Senior Advisor of Asia Value Advisors, a leading venture philanthropy advisory firm based in Hong Kong that seeks to create transformative social impact. Previously, Angie was a columnist on U.S. politics and policy toward Asia covering the 2016 U.S. presidential election in the Diplomat, the premier current affairs magazine in the Asia Pacific region. From 2009-2014, Angie was Executive Director of the Committee of 100, an elite Chinese American leadership organization devoted to the advancement of U.S. - China relations and Asian American community advancement. Prior to forging executive leadership in the non-profit sector, Angie was appointed Regional Representative of the U.S. Department of Labor by President George W. Bush. In that capacity, she served as the U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao's spokesperson and intergovernmental executive in the Northeast and Caribbean region. Before joining the federal government, Angie was Executive Director of New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and Language Services. During her tenure, she published academic monographs on global migration to New York City and its economic impact. Angie was elected Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on the Board of Directors of the International Center of New York and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. She is currently a trustee of Berkeley College and recipient of several civic and leadership awards. Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish, Angie was also an adjunct instructor of Chinese at New York University. She taught public policy and geopolitics as a guest lecturer at the Dalton School, the Columbia School of Journalism and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. At Princeton, Angie studied Romance Languages & Literature. Her passion for languages led her to study abroad in Spain for 2 years, which she considers the most formative period of my schooling because of the many challenges but also opportunities for holistic growth that were presented to her.

Questions? Email amirabal@princeton.edu.

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