What with all the news of late re: the goings-on of Burma/Myanmar... I began to itch wondering WHY we journalists call it "Burma, also known as Myanmar."
Actually, the first time I had heard this phrase was on Seinfeld... when J. Peterman runs away leaving Elaine in charge of the catalog. She eventually gets ahold of him (on a payphone, of course) and he tells her he's in Burma "but you might know it as Myanmar."
Ok, I've returned from my tangent. Anyways, in case you are curious...
"In 1989, the military authorities in Burma adopted the name Myanmar, a shortened form of the full name in the Burmese language, Myanma Naingngandaw.Apparently, the U.N., NATO, the New York Times and the National Geographic refer to it as Myanmar. However, Canada refers to it as Burma.
The Burmese are one of a number of ethnic nationalities with different languages that make up the country. This decision was not approved by any sitting legislature in Burma and taken by the military junta without the consent Burma's democratically elected leaders. Canada continues to refer to the country as Burma. The people are 65% Burmese, 10% Shan, 7% Karen, 4% Rakhine and Chin, Kachin, Mon, Chinese, Indian and other minorities."
Thanks Judy Maddren!