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Falling Off the Map in Burma

By Daniel Isaac Combs

Copyright 2012 Daniel Isaac Combs

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Copyright © 2012 by Daniel Combs

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For my brothers

Author’s Note

Like so much else in Myanmar, the very name you use for something can have political connotations. Burma vs. Myanmar. Rangoon vs. Yangon. Old vs. New. In this work, I have tried to stay consistent to what I heard while I was in the country. I use the name “Myanmar,” to describe the nation as a whole, because that’s what most people would use when referring to the country, and that is the name officially recognized at the United Nations. When you look at the label on products, it says “Made in Myanmar.” However, when describing the people of the country, as well as the common language that they speak, I use the word “Burmese,” because no one wants to try and pronounce “Myanmarese,” in their head. I use the word “Bamar” when referring to the country’s dominant ethnic group, (in other works authors often use the term “Burman”).

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