The Double Meaning of “Uniform” in Myanmar

In Myanmar, the term “ဝတ်စုံ” (pronounced “waath-cone”) which means “uniform” in English is synonymous with the Myanmar military and so when people use the term “uniform” they are automatically speaking about the militarization of Myanmar and it’s previous history of British colonization. The term has a double meaning as regular people (eg. monks) wear a type of uniform, however the only uniform which the Myanmar government shows respect to is its military uniform which is why the term is satiri...

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