By my observation the Chinese people are the most individualistic people I’ve seen. Chinese all got their individual opinions and are eager to voice them. Yet Chinese are collectivist too.
So how to resolve the seeming paradox? Well, collectivism is just individualism that takes into account the concept of externality.
Example: It’s your individual choice to drive a gas-guzzling SUV, but if you’re able to put your decision in its proper context, then you’ll see the negative externality you’re generating and the perception of you that you’re creating, then you might think twice about buying a big SUV.
In other words, collectivism is not individualism snuffed out. Collectivism is just responsible individualism. There’s no necessary conflict between the two.