I'm indebted to Stephen Meng for introducing me to the work of Professor Tu. Here, for example, he writes about multiple possible modernities, the need for the US to stop teaching and start learning, the suggestion that liberty as an intrinsic value cannot generate a humane society without distributive justice, and much more.
This is precisely the dichotomy that Alain de Vulpian notes, though Vulpian is rather more inclined to see scenarios for the future of the world fitting into one or other of these two categories (peaceful and optimistic - violent and pessimistic). Tu, by contrast, suggests that different ways could easily develop in different regions (which seems hard to imagine in the face of current globalising tendencies, but who knows what Peak Oil may change in that respect?).
Anyway, I think they'd both agree that it might be a good idea for the individualistic West to stop deriding the collectivist East for their psycho-social backwardness, when the former got us into the present mess and the latter might help us out of it.