I was looking through some of our reader contributions, and came across this little gem over five times:
“Squatting should be added to the list.”
“Squatting. It’s a true continent-wide asian favorite.”
“Why isn’t squatting on the list?”
and “Will I save money on car insurance by squatting?”
Asians have developed many techniques to accommodate the strenuous activities that they are accustomed to in their native countries. This includes bending over to pick rice in rice patties, strengthening their arms to sell food to pedestrians, or just sitting back to enjoy the little things in life like eating bowls of rice. However, somewhere down the line, Asians figured that they couldn’t do all of these activities standing up for extended amounts of time. Hence, the Squat was born. After reading this post, you will know what the asian squat is, where it comes from, and most importantly, why it’s effective.
As mentioned in an award-winning documentary by Daniel Hsia (How to do the Asian Squat ), the Asian Squat is much different from other squats. Originating in India, the squat made its way to China, where asians figured that it was the ideal way to eat rice and be ready to defecate at any given time. Given these uses, the squat has evolved into more than just a makeshift eating position.
It is now a way of life. Asians everywhere use it when they are smoking, reading, eating, waiting, shaving, and any other gerund-verb combination you can think of. Let’s not forget the most important use of the squat, keeping the asian bottom cleaner while using the bathroom (which in many asian countries is just a hole in the ground with running water). Think about all the crap that accumulates when the cheeks are so close together (like in the american toilet). This way, asians are able to be quite economical in their choice of toiletries.
As asians moved to other parts of the world and grew more refined in their mannerisms, they began to shift away from their use of the Asian Squat, calling it “mundane” and “un-professional.” Modern science has proven the squat as an efficient posture that reduces pain on the patellar (knee) tendon. In addition, the asian is now more balanced because their center of gravity is above the feet, and the heels snuggly contour the ground. For that reason, it has risen to prominence once more in only the last 200 years.
The Asian Squat allows asians to play poker without a table, eat without a table, and do pretty much everything without the need for man’s inventions. Without it, asians would be even shorter than they already are (due to improper posture), hungrier, lonelier, poorer (tables cost money too), and most importantly, tired-er (yes, I added an ER to tired). It’s a craze that’s making its way across the pacific and atlantic oceans. It’s an innovation. It’s a lifestyle. It’s the Asian Squat.
…and to whom it may concern: “Yes, it does save you money on car insurance.”
By popular demand, here’s the video documentary: How to do the Asian Squat (2002)
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