The conical Asian hat, sedge hat, rice hat, paddy hat, and sometimes known by the term coolie hat, although many people consider this term to be offensive, is a simple style of conical hat originating in East, South Asia and Southeast Asia, particularly China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Philippines, India and Vietnam. It is kept on the head by a cloth (often silk) chin strap; an internal band of the same material keeps the hat itself from resting on the wearer's head. This style of hat is used primarily as protection from the sun and rain. When made of straw or matting, it can be dipped in water and worn as an impromptu evaporative-cooling device.
Burma (i// BUR-mə), officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, commonly shortened to Myanmar (i// MYAHN-mar, // or //), is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. One third of Burma's total perimeter of 1,930 kilometres (1,200 miles) forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Burma's population of over 60 million makes it the world's 24th most populous country and, at 676,578 square kilometres (261,227 sq mi), it is the world's 40th largest country and the second largest in Southeast Asia.