July 6, 2012

Tug of Words: Burma or Myanmar?

Swe Win, Latitude

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Once again a government body here has chided Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for calling the country Burma during her trips to Thailand and Europe. Say Myanmar, she was told, as is called for by the 2008 Constitution.

This tug of words has been going on for decades. To some it matters because it symbolizes the differences between the generals who have long ruled the country and those who resist them, but it’s also kind of pointless. The truth is neither name is good enough.

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