How to do the Asian Squat?

Squatting Asian style

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Are you one of those Westerners who know how to squat like an Asian? Those who have been to Asia know what I'm talking about... Most foreigners can't sit on their heels without losing their balance!

Video: How to do the Asian Squat

I just rediscovered this video: How to do the Asian Squat (How to squat with Asian). A funny little parody movie that compares the two ways to crouch.

The video is signed by an American author of Asian origin, Daniel Hsia. Some of you may already know it, because it's been touring for a long time: it dates back to 2002! I stumbled upon it again, cleaning up my favourites.

A comfortable position

In Asia, we squat willingly. Sometimes just to grab a bite, hit the chat or watch the street show. People sit on their heels, without putting the buttocks on the ground, well on the feet laid flat.

It is comfortable and stable, not tiring to hold, contrary to the position that most Westerners take, who perch on their toes.

Under a gray sky, the guys from the neighboring village watch me with a smile wedge draw my iPhone for a souvenir photo. Today it's muck-dive under their pontoon. (Sali Islands, Halmahera, Indonesia, July 2018)
Halmahera (Indonesia). Under a gray sky, the guys from the village next to my resort watch me with a smirk, draw my iPhone, from the dive boat docked at the pontoon, for a souvenir photo. The one on the right has the heels off the ground, so squat Western style ... We can see that it is much less stable than the position asian squat adopted by the middle two. (July 2018)
Nice, the mini-boat with rockers. ! (Alor, Indonesia, July 2018)
Alor (Indonesia). In this pendulum mini-boat, perched on a mini-bench across the hull, this fisherman also adopted theasian squat to paddle! (July 2018)

Below, some scenes from everyday life, brought back from my trip to Vietnam in 2001.

Little anecdote

For my part, I master theasian squat. It is a posture that I adopt easily and naturally, not only when I am in Asia, in local fashion, but also in my daily life in France…

One day in Rennes, when I was squatting like this, chatting outside in the street with colleagues at break, an old lady suddenly stood in front of me on the sidewalk. Without saying hello or anything, a little aggressive, she asks me if I have Vietnamese origins. I answer no, but she insists, decreeing that I stand like the Vietnamese and that I surely lived in Vietnam.

In Angkor, Cambodia, February 2011.
In Angkor, Cambodia (February 2011).

Not really, I told him. I've been to Vietnam a few times, but only on vacation. I've made many trips to Southeast Asia and just got into the habit there. Then she started to tell me about her life. She lived in Saigon a long time ago. Then she also starts telling me things that I find unpleasant, "reactive" and colonialist. Annoyed, I put an end to the conversation...

I do not know what memory I woke up that day at this old lady, obviously remained in her head at the time of Indochina and French colonization ... As for me, I remain a fan ofasian squat !


Cockfight in the Amed region, Bali. Indonesia, July 2008.
Bali (Indonesia). Cockfight in the Amed region. (July 2008)
Pemuteran's children proudly show me the shells they picked up on the beach. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008.)
The children of Pemuteran proudly show me the shells they have collected on the beach. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008)
At Culik Market, near Amed, Bali. Indonesia, July 2008.
At Culik market, near Amed, in Bali. (Indonesia, July 2008)

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  1. Excellent this video. On the other hand I agree with him on the sexy character of the position on the throne!
    It is on that you must denote smoking cigarettes in position asian squat on the French sidewalks!

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  3. @ Marie-Net:

    Yes, not so sexy, the asian squat !!! I may be avoiding, now, on the French sidewalks ...

    You're right, I have to turn them, these Google Ads contextual stupid [there it's done]. Despite the filters, there are always weird ads coming up. I wanted to test, for a topic I was preparing on monetization at bloggers. There I also look for a few days on the case of Blogbang, but I'm really not convinced by this stuff.

  4. Thank you for this video that I did not know !! As far as I'm concerned, the Asian squat is not my favorite position ... .It is ... I have tendons a little short ....

  5. Ah, the Asian Squatt ... so true !!!

    "Are you part of Westerners who know how to squat with Asian? "

    And no, unfortunately... I think it's dead to me, yet it's not for lack of trying and seeing people doing it around me... 😉

  6. Way to go, Yves!!! 🙂

    For my part, I am so accustomed to this position, that I find it really comfortable. I squat to the Asian without even thinking about it.