Cringing tiger, hideous dragon:
Certain animal stand-ins are well established: America is an eagle, for instance, and Russia is a bear. Poor China and India, however, are each saddled with two mascots, each a handy indicator of whether Western readers are supposed to be terrified of or intrigued by Asia's emerging powers. Is China a cuddly panda or a threatening dragon? What about India -- a wise, slow-moving elephant or a toothsome, ravenous tiger?