My friend, a Chinese girl from Sichuan province, was about to marry a French guy. A few days before the wedding, my friend and her husband stayed with her parents. Every morning, like clockwork, the French groom went across the road to a hotel. The parents were confused and at first feared they were somehow being bad hosts.
Why Can't Everyone Do the 'Asian Squat'?
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A new term, "Asian squat,' went viral online recently. Do you know what the "Asian squat" is? It is surprising to find that most Westerners can't do the squat, which many Asian people think of as being as natural as breathing. East Asians are relatively short, so they have a different equilibrium point than many Westerners.
Being Asian…and Unable to do the Asian Squat…
I am Asian. The Asian squat is squatting with heels touching the ground and bum touching the heels. No matter the country, Asians can be seen doing the Asian squat comfortably anywhere and everywhere. Whenever I try to do the squat, I feel a pressure on the top of my feet and stop a couple of inches from the floor naturally.
It is essentially a squat where the individual is able to sit in an extremely deep squat position while keeping their heels firmly planted on the ground. Often the individual feels this position is quite comfortable, and some people can stay there for prolonged periods of time while performing activities such as eating, taking photos, playing with children or yes, even going to the bathroom. They are often deemed to be more sanitary although this may be debatable depending on the condition one finds these toilets in as there is no bare skin and seat contact. In addition, lots of people see the squat as a great way to sit and prefer it to using chairs as it can be performed anywhere. In comparison, Westernised countries have adopted the upright seat-style toilet that we are more familiar with in Australia, and use chairs far more frequently.