Nomadic Boys: Is it Myanmar or Burma?
Our first problem with researching and planning for this new country was what the heck do we call it? Is it Myanmar (pronounced Mee-anmar) or Burma? And why is one name sometimes put in brackets like on our Lonely Planet?
‘Burma’ was the old colonial name used during British rule and the accepted name after independence in 1948. But, the (unelected) military junta that took over in 1962 following a military coup (and still in place today) unilaterally changed the name to Myanmar in 1989.
The military government argued this was to shake off the British colonial history and have a more inclusive name for all ethnicities in Myanmar, not just the main Bamar people.
Full Story at The Nomadic Boys | Myanmar Gay Travel Resources
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