Two schools of thought on this subject:
1. East and West are in opposite poles, therefore assimilation is difficult. Rudyard Kipling's ballad, East and West sums it up with the famous words: " East is East, West is West, never the twain shall meet"
2. East and West are polar but complementary opposites as explained in the concept of Yin and Yang, which when integrated forms a unique whole. Johann Goethe, a 19th century writer and statesman wrote:
"He who knows himself and other, will also recognize that East and West cannot be separate".
The 19th century belonged to Kipling, whilst the 21st century in the age of interdependence and interconnection I believe belongs to Goethe. What do you think?