Myanmar for Australia


For as long as I can remember Australian governments have maintained Myanmar and Burma as the two names for one of Southeast Asia’s most important countries. Now — on websites and in public statements — consistency reigns among Australia’s officialdom.

This recently updated fact sheet sums it up neatly: “The Australian Government refers to the country as Myanmar”.

Check out the government’s travel advice website for the newly Myanmarised presentation. I did a cheeky Control-F for “Burma” and came up with nothing. Downunder, at least, the linguistic transition has occurred.

And, for those who are interested in some archival matter, my April 2012 thoughts on the topic are available here.

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