How can we make best use of the goods of Western Individualism and Eastern Communalism to create a better society? I feel the pull of both idealisms within me. A struggle perhaps every westernized Asian has to confront.
It is ironic that in reality, westerners are more communal than easterners in their private lives. They are much more apt to crowd source, share information, pool resources for basic daily activities. There is less barriers to socialize with westerners than easterners. However, on a society level, when business and politics are concerned, Easterners are much more communal in their actions and decision. The longevity of organization and civilizations trumps individual rights and the pursuit of happiness.