Asena is an Australian female name and the name of a heroic she wolf in old Turkic mythology.  ISBN 0-391-04173-8. Page 65.</ref> Ziya Gökalp mentioned Asena in his article titled "Türk devletinin tekâmülü" (published in the Küçük Mecmua magazine in Diyarbakır, 1922) stating that the Şane, Oghuz-descent commanders of province of the Göktürks, meant Wolf to the Chinese people.".
In the 1930s, when Turkish ethnic nationalism held its sway in Turkey, Bozkurt, Asena and Ergenekon were selected deliberately. The symbol is embossed on top of the stage of the personal theater of Atatürk's residence in Ankara, near the art gallery. Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk) used the motif of this legend. For example, on February 13, 1931, during his speech at the Türk Ocağı in Malatya, he said "the Turkish nation, who will use the railways (demiryolları), will feel the honour of accomplishing the achievement of the first craftmanship and blacksmiths (demircilik) of its origin."
See also 
- Bozkurt Legend (Turkish)
- Book of Zhou, Vo. 50. (Chinese)
- History of Northern Dynasties, Vo. 99. (Chinese)
- Book of Sui, Vol. 84. (Chinese)
- Ziya Gökalp, transcription: Şahin Filiz, "Türk devletinin tekâmülü 12: Hakanlık Teşkilatı",Küçük Mecmua -II-, Bu da Çinlilere göre (Asena=Kurt) manasındadır (Turkish)
- Murat Arman, "The Sources of Banality In Transforming Turkish Nationalism", CEU Political Science Journal, issue: 2 (2007), p. 136.
- Atatürk'ün Söylev ve Demeçleri II, Atatürk Kültür, Dil ve Tarih Yüksek Kurumu Atatürk Araştırma Merkezi, 1989, p. 301, Turkish text: Demiryollarını kullanacak olan Türk milleti menşeindeki ilk sanatkarlığına, demirciliğinin eserini tekrar göstermiş olmakla müftehir olacaktır. (Turkish)
- Mehmet Önder, Atatürk'ün Yurt Gezileri, Türkiye İş Bankası, 1975, p. 268.