Why can't everyone do the Asian squat?


"Can you squat down?". "Yes, of course, it's very easy". A little puzzled by the question, my Chinese colleagues have no difficulty in crouching from a standing position. And it doesn't mean a half-hearted squat. No. In the Asian squat, you go very low. Give it a try. All the way down, even further, and now touch the ground with your heels. You haven't fallen over yet? Congratulations. Only a few "Westerners" manage to get that far down, let alone stay in this position for longer. And that makes for some laughs in China. Funny videos are circulating on the Internet in which foreigners embarrass themselves because they can't get into to go to the Asian squat.

A few weeks ago, a video clip by French vlogger Xinshidandan went viral. They had asked passers-by on the streets of Montpellier to crouch in an Asian position. Not surprising here either: almost all of the French landed on their rump when they tried.

The reason some find the squat comfortable and others not, of course, is because of the exercise. Chinese and other Asians learn to sit like this from childhood. Not least for the reason that you have to crouch on the toilet several times a day. At least the public toilets in China are mostly squat toilets. Doing your business from a crouched position and not, as is customary in the West, on a toilet seat, is supposed to be much healthier because it is less stressful for the intestines ... but that's another topic.

The Youtubers Dan and Mike Chan from the Youtube channel The Chen Dynasty have summarized further advantages of the Asian squat.

“Anyone who has mastered the Asian squat can sit down anywhere in the world without getting their bum dirty. Wet floor? No problem. Muddy road? No problem. Supermarket? No problem. Who needs a chair when you can just sit down anywhere ... "

In fact: the squat is a popular sitting position in China even beyond the toilet block. At the bus stop, on the street, while smoking, during lunch breaks, in the crowded subway, wherever there is no chair to hand, no, even when there is a chair, the Chinese like to crouch. This looks a bit uncomfortable, but thanks to years of practice, it doesn't seem to be.