The Asian Squat for the West of the World

Just a bit of Fusion Culture I’ve learned: In Hong Kong where all things Asian are mixed with British ‘manners’ (???) – especially among the Upper Crust groups, only the ‘poor’ or ‘elderly’ will be seen squatting. When my kids tried it out, our local friends quickly informed them it was a bad idea because ‘people’ will think they are lower class… which is the same reason we were told the Asian Squat existed in HK, because it was even ‘worse’ for one to sit directly on the ground, as only ‘dirty beggars’ did that. 🙂

And now, here’s an excellent post I found on a much asked about bit of Asian Culture… Hope you enjoy! -jk

Clearing Customs

If you’re a Westerner who’s traveled to Asia, you’ve probably marveled at the locals’ ability to relax in their preferred alternative to just standing around—the Asian squat. You’ve also probably brought back stories (and photos) of “squatty potties,” and you understand why the bathrooms in international airports have signs that read, “No Standing on the Toilet.”

But if all this is new to you and you see the need for more information, or if you’d like help in pulling off the squat yourself, I refer you to Daniel Hsia’s mockumentary, How to Do the Asian Squat. Watch it because you want to know the history behind the Asian squat. Watch it because you want to know the physics behind the Asian squat. Or watch it simply because “Each and every day, more and more tired-legged, stiff-backed Americans are discovering a new and exciting way to squat!”

And if you really…

View original post 142 more words


4 comments on “The Asian Squat for the West of the World

    • HAHA! Well, in the case of a “Squatty Potty” (which needs it’s own post entirely!) – I would not actually WANT to know…. :-0

      However, in the event you are simply waiting for the bus or hanging out on a street corner with nothing better to do… I would default back to the original ‘standing’ position. LOL *grin*

  1. Squat aside HK is possibly my favorite city outside the US. The vibrancy, speed, culture, and amazing eats (which then make you squat in cramped dingy cubicles they call toilets … but it’s worth it!). Forgive me if you’ve answered this in another post but I got the impression from a quick review of your blog that you are there with your family. Is this correct? How long have you been in HK? How long are you staying? Do you, or your family, get “homesick?” How do you deal with it? Are there any creature comfort items in particular that you find hard to come by?

    • Agreed! HK is a wonderful city & we love it! – yes, our family of 5 moved here last Dec… Check out the “about our Journey” page above for more info. 🙂

      I will answer your other ?s in a new post, seems many new folks are visiting our blog lately – that way everyone will be up to date. Thanks for asking! Hope you’ll follow along & be encouraged through our adventures! -jk

Your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s