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Updated on September 19, 2018
Help to build a world of  harmony and peace between East and West by promoting and sharing what we have in common rather than focusing on differences.
Help to build a world of harmony and peace between East and West by promoting and sharing what we have in common rather than focusing on differences. | Source

The Paradox of East West Best of Both

We live at a time of great change with growing populations finding themselves in a hyphenated space between East and West.

What does it mean to be in a hyphenated space between East and West? What are some issues, challenges and outcomes of today's increasing blended reality.

Historically East and West developed along separate paths with nationalistic tendencies each believing each other to be superior.

The surge in migration of East Asians to Western shores coincided with the discovery of gold in the nineteenth century with countries such as the USA, Canada, Uk, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa being popular destinations.

Great suspicion of early East Asian immigrants due to job security and cultural differences led to discriminatory laws against East Asians in these countries.

The changing laws that encouraged migration of skilled labour to first world countries again led to a surge in migration from East to West.

East Asians and Part Asians are today one of the fastest growing minorities in countries such as the USA, Canada,UK, Australia and new Zealand.

As with Assimilation theory, many loose their cultural heritage in favour of the dominant culture after the second generation.

The tendency to associate a person strictly according to their ancestral roots is still a deciding factor for many in how one is perceived and often treated.

For the two plus Asian generation, this can be a stressful and frustrating experience as no matter the level of assimilation, the tendency to assume traditional Eastern values means that they are assumed to be foreign in the land of their birth. This mindset results in a paradox being part of but belonging to neither community.

The paradox of Best of Both is a common challenge that lingers from generation to generation.

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Shared Experiences of Overseas Born Chinese/E.Asians can be traced back to a common history as well as a number of factors.

As with assimilation processors, Intermarriage is a common factor. International studies predict a majority mixed global race by 2050 in the USA and other multicultural regions.

Facts About Being Part Asian(Eurasian/Hapa) is useful to know because information is empowering and understanding the key facts provides the opportunity to be more aware of how different ethnic blends finds it's own unique expression.



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Differences Between Eastern and Western Worldviews.

Knowing the differences, similarities and intersections between Eastern and Western Worldviews is important if we are to live in harmony with our fellow man, better understand our roots and how it is expressed in our personal lives.



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Overseas Born Chinese/Asians are one of the fastest growing minorities in multicultural countries today.The American census of 2000 predicts that by the year 2050, the USA will have a mixed race majority. Part-Asian also defined as Eurasian or Hapa are one of the fastest growing populations in multicultural societies today.
Overseas Born Chinese/Asians are one of the fastest growing minorities in multicultural countries today.
Overseas Born Chinese/Asians are one of the fastest growing minorities in multicultural countries today. | Source
The American census of 2000 predicts that by the year 2050, the USA will have a mixed race majority. Part-Asian also defined as Eurasian or Hapa are one of the fastest growing populations in multicultural societies today.
The American census of 2000 predicts that by the year 2050, the USA will have a mixed race majority. Part-Asian also defined as Eurasian or Hapa are one of the fastest growing populations in multicultural societies today. | Source

The Easternization of the West

Eastern and Western teachings agree that we live in a duel universe. According to the teachings of Eastern Taoism and Western Complementarism the universe consists of complementary opposites that need each other to be whole but cannot exist in the same space at the same time, for instance night and day, good and evil, Male and female, left brain and right brain. Likewise east and west are believed to be complementary opposites with the West developing along a path of reasoning, individualism, science and linear thinking and the East with holism, collectivism, spiritual and aesthetic values.

the impressionist era of the mid 19th century coinciding with Japans interest in establishing greater trade with the West created a huge interest in all things from the east. From Art to Spirituality, cuisine, wellness and martial arts, the surge of Eastern culture into Western mainstream culture is today it seems seamlessly integrated into Western lifestyles with The Culture of East-West: Best of Both - Culture For The 21st Century.

Colin Campbell, a British academic writes about this in his book The Easternization of the West

East meets West: Best of Both - Parenting.

Eastern and Western worldviews are diametrically opposite in many ways. Children from traditional East Asian communities raised in Western countries can sometimes experience confusion in terms of what is expected at home and in society.

Parenting styles can differ significantly from Western parenting styles. What then are the best parenting styles and guide when raising multicultural children?

Teaching Children how to value and know themselves gets to the core of their inner being and will equip them to flourish no matter the circumstances.

How can we integrate Eastern and Western spiritual teachings when Teaching Children About Good and Evil?

How do children develop through play, and Selecting age appropriate multicultural books are aspects to consider when raising multicultural children.


Living Your Life Purpose.

At the end of the day, as humans we are all connected and want the same things;. Happiness, peace, prosperity. By listening to our inner voice through developing our intuition and finding and following our life purpose, a persons skin color becomes superficial as we begin to see the beauty and uniqueness that lies behind each of us.

Eastern and Western values are seen as complementary in the 21st century.
Eastern and Western values are seen as complementary in the 21st century. | Source

East and West Are Complementary In The 21st Century.

Is there an evolutionary reason to the blending of East and West?

'"Just as the human brain requires a harmonious interaction between the left and right hemispheres to be cognizant of the ultimate reality, so perhaps the brain of the universe – Homo-sapiens needs a global culture built on the integration of Western Science and Eastern Tao for it to know itself and the universe it inhabits. Admittedly a mystical conclusion” (Biophysicist Sungchui Ji,1995)"

Johann Goethe, a 19th century German writer and statesman wrote:

"He who knows himself and other, will also know that East and West cannot be separated".


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    • Raine Law Yuen profile imageAUTHOR

      Raine Law Yuen 

      3 years ago from Cape Town

      Well said Jodah. Thank you for taking such an interest in my writing. I really appreciate your thoughtful words and insights. We are all one at the end of the day. It was such an eye opener for me to realize how East and West are so completely complementary in relation to the wisdom of the Tao and more recently quantum physics theories.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very wise words Raine. We are all seeking the basically the same things in life no matter where we come from or the colour of our skin. We need to incorporate the best aspects of each culture into one that i the most successful for everyone. We need to act as one people, not many different ones.

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