Spanish photographer Victoria Rivas photographed these brave souls while traveling in Myanmar. As a visual metaphor, the image captures the determined ingenuity of people who have lived under repressing military rule since 1962. Always known as Burma until 1989, when the ruling generals decreed that the country would henceforth be known as “Union of Myanmar,” there is now an interest in being Burmese again.
According to a December 2012 article in the Los Angeles Times, there is a practical reason for returning to Burma. Thuta Aung, managing director of Yangon’s (formally Rangoon) HamsaHub, a business development firm, said, “… it’s awkward to say ‘Myanmarese’ -- grammatically, it’s totally incorrect. You need an adjective and the only suitable one seems like Burmese. But as a country, it’s Myanmar.”