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Myanmar versus Burma: The country is known by two names
Myanmar or Burma: Why does the South East Asia region have two name? The official name on this land is Myanmar. The reigning Burma Army regime in 1989 reversed the name of Myanmar after killing tens of thousands in a riot. There have been many changes across the nation, but most still use both without much effort.
Burma is sometimes just a simpler term. The name Myanma is the literal, penned name of the land and Bama is more commonly spoken. In 1989, when the army took over from General Ne Win's administration, there was an impetus to create a nationwide nationhood among the country's nationalities.
Myanmar is only called an ethnical Burmese, so Myanmar has become the political right concept to include all people living in the area. It was also a way to free the land from the influence of Britain's colonialism. In postcolonial lands it is customary to give new names to towns or lands, just as India's Bombay in Mumbai or Calcutta in Calcutta in Calcutta was altered.
Last year, the Chinese authorities were facing a number of major issues when they embarked on a series of socioeconomic reforms in Myanmar. Whilst the number of tourists has risen, many still do not know why Myanmar has taken its name from Burma. Myanmar, like other nations that have transformed their identity as a result of the change of regime - Russia and the Czech Republic, for example - still has a long way to go before it is as well known as its neighbours Thailand, China and India.
To travel to new places, we need to know about the governments and cultures of the state. With Myanmar still struggling with strained internal political relations, one can only trust that its own identities will also do well. So when you come to Myanmar, you can use the exchanged name.