1. JackFknTwist says

    I hope they will be safe……and of course happy.

    It’s great to see a country that is becoming more tolerant and accepting of evolving relationships.

    Hearing all the horrors from darkest Africa, from Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi have all been uniformly depressing.
    BTW, are we still allowed to call this country Burma ?

  2. Icebloo says

    Two very brave young men. I hope they are very happy together & I hope their wedding leads to homosexuality being outlawed in their country and the progression of human rights for ALL.

  3. Paul R says

    It’s referred as Burma to keep the despots happy. But its true name—for most citizens, the UN, human rights groups, and others concerned about the brutality of recent decades—is Myanmar.

  4. DW says

    @Paul, the reason some governments do not recognize the name Myanmar is precisely *because* it was imposed by the military junta that has been widely considered illegitimate. You’re right that the name Myanmar is not going away, but it’s not because it is somehow associated with respect for human rights.

  5. emjayay says

    DW: That’s what I thought too. On the other hand, Burma may be some English language not very close approximation of the real old name, like a lot of them were.

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  7. ST says

    @Paul & @DW, my family is Burmese; the country has been known as both Myanma and Bama for centuries, the former being the official formal name and the latter a colloquial/spoken name. The transliterative name “Burma” was formally inflicted upon the country by the British to settle the matter of address and reflect the ethnic majority Bama people, but the name is not regarded as inclusive. Although the name Myanmar has similar, albeit more classical roots, it is preferable to many Myanma folk partly because “Burma” is an occupation name. Many of us support the use of “Burma” only because the reversion to “Myanmar” was made undemocratically, the revulsion for the choices of the junta being greater than our ‘resentment’ of being colonised

    To summarise, neither name is actually wrong, but “Myanmar” is the historically/logically more legitimate name in the Myanma language in the context of international relations. Thus the choice to use “Burma” is a purely political statement if its use is informed.

    Incidentally, correct pronunciation is different from what is usually said on the news – it is not the overtly 3 syllabled my-anne-mar, but a 2 syllable sounding mien-MAR/[myen]-MAR, the first two syllables squished into one and the stress being on the second syllable.