Looking at each mascot used in the Asian Games, there is a pattern that can be seen. Aside from being a promotional media for the Asian Games to be friendly for all ages, the use of this mascot is also a separate mission for each host country. There is a cultural aspect that is included there. Aside from that, go to Venue ASIAN Games 2018 if you want to know more news about the upcoming Asian Games 2018.
In the 1986 Asian Games, the rise of Hodori to the surface along with the way South Korea promoted South Korea through their legendary animal, the tiger. The same thing was also done by China in the 1990 Asian Games when they promoted their country through panda (Pan Pan), native Chinese animals.
In succession, the 1998 Asian Games (Chai-yo = Thai elephants) and the 2006 Asian Games (Orry = Arabian deer) are also a means of promoting the host country. Through their two native animals, Arab elephants and deer, Thailand and Qatar promote their country. The event as big as the Asian Games is indeed suitable to promote local wisdom owned by a country.
Not only used for the promotion of a country’s local wisdom, the use of the mascot in the Asian Games is also often a tool to echo positive things such as unity, togetherness, and solidarity. This is evident from the organization of the 1994 Asian Games on Hiroshima. Poppu and Cuccu, a pair of white doves, are described as a symbol of peace and harmony.