When we go to Burma we also go to Myanmar

All Around This World map of East and Southeast Asia featuring Myanmar
This week our online music class travels to the oh-so-complicated nation of Myanmar. Life has been particularly rough in Burma-Myanmar for the last century or so (why two names for the country? It’s complicated), especially for the last fifty years since the country has been beneath the thumb of one autocratic ruling party or another. Through it all the Burmese people keep hope alive that one day they may attain political freedom, even occasionally rising up in conjunction with the many Theravada Buddhist Monks who maintain a position of some respect in Burmese society. While we note that Myanmar has seen a turn of its fortunes as of late (how? It’s complicated), there’s still a long way to go.