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    Re: Burmese

    Hi!

    Burma has changed its name to Myanmar. Are people of Myanmar still called Burmese in English? If not, what is that? Thanks!


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    Because Burma is such a closed off country, and has a very low profile in the world, I think most people who have heard of Burma would not be aware of the name change; and of those who have heard of Burma, they would have trouble finding it on a map. We mainly know of Burma because of British Rule there (which ceased in the late 1930's), the Burma Campaign in the war, and the old capital, Rangoon. It has been featured in the news over here lately because of their Government's refusal to let in aid workers.
    To answer your question: The United Nations accepts the name Myanmar, since the UN allows its members states to be known by any name they choose. However, it has not been recognized by many Western governments such as the United States, Australia, Canada or the United Kingdom, which continue to use "Burma", because we do not recognize the current miliary government as 'official' and representing the people (by democratic election). Hence, we still refer to the country as Burma, and the people as Burmese; and the BBC and many other newspapers follow suit.
    "Rangoon" is far more romantic a name than "yangoon'...
    and while we're at it, I think Cape Canaveral is much more mellifluous than the pedestrian Kennedy Space Centre. And what a loss to our ears when Idlewild was changed to Kennedy International Airport.
    Last edited by David L.; 08-Jun-2008 at 06:21.

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    Re: Burmese

    Indian newspapers refer Burma as Myanmar and Burmese as Myanmarese.
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    Re: Burmese

    I didn't know that the name Myanmar has not been recognized in western countries but the name has been widely accepted in Asia. We refer to the people as Myanmese. The capital is called Yangon (one 'o').

    Here is a relevant article:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7013943.stm

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    David L. & rj1948

    Thank you for your answers.

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    Re: Burmese

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I didn't know that the name Myanmar has not been recognized in western countries but the name has been widely accepted in Asia. We refer to the people as Myanmese. The capital is called Yangon (one 'o').

    Here is a relevant article:
    BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Should it be Burma or Myanmar?
    Tedmtc,

    Just read your answer. You are so quick. Thank you. I knew some Western media outlets refuse to use the new national name. For example, In a Chinese report, White House spokesman said White House meant to use "Burma" but "Myanmar" for the reason similar to David L. stated above.

    The English article you offered is useful. I would like to save it.

    Since this is an English-learning forum, I wouldn't like to discuss too much about politics.

    Have a good day.

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    Re: Burmese

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I didn't know that the name Myanmar has not been recognized in western countries but the name has been widely accepted in Asia. We refer to the people as Myanmese. The capital is called Yangon (one 'o').

    Here is a relevant article:
    BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Should it be Burma or Myanmar?
    Tedtmc,is it typo?It is Myanmarese.
    There is no 'myanmarese' in the link you mentioned.
    Google search-myanmarese.
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    Re: Burmese

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I didn't know that the name Myanmar has not been recognized in western countries but the name has been widely accepted in Asia. We refer to the people as Myanmese. The capital is called Yangon (one 'o').

    Here is a relevant article:
    BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Should it be Burma or Myanmar?
    posted twice.sorry.
    Last edited by rj1948; 08-Jun-2008 at 01:09.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    Tedtmc,is it typo?It is Myanmarese.
    There is no 'myanmarese' in the link you mentioned.
    Google search-myanmarese.
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    Hi rj1948,

    Thanks for mentioning it. That was what I was going to do before you said.

    I think both ' Myanmarese' and 'Myanmese' are correct.

    Southeast Asian people probably refer to Myanmese.
    Channel NewsAsia :: View topic - Witness says Myanmese were simply not prepared for cyclone


    While I found an online dictionary states the word as Myanmarese.

    myanmarese - Wiktionary
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 08-Jun-2008 at 01:52. Reason: typo

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    Re: Burmese

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    posted twice.sorry.
    There's a 'delete' button at the right corner if you click the 'edit'. Of course, it works only if no one replys to the post. Or unless you are a moderator.

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