In 1997, Françoise Grenot-Wang, founder of the association, worked in the region of the Great Miao Mountains in Guangxi, as an interpreter for a team of Médecins sans Frontières. As part of this work, she was moved by the difficulties of getting girls into school.
Thus, in the spring of 1998, the Couleurs de Chine association began its action to help the minorities of the Miao mountains to attend school.
Originally purely cultural, the association thus took on an essentially humanitarian dimension..
- « Au cœur de la Chine ». Une Française en Pays Miao, éditions Albin Michel, Paris, 2007
- Chine du Sud. « La Mosaïque des minorités », éditions Indes Savantes, Paris 2000, réédition 2005
- Guide Bleu Chine du Sud-Ouest, éditions Hachette, 1998 (participation in the writing of chapters about ethnic minorities and the provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan)
- Fangfang’s blog
- FangFang’s death testimonie
- Death of FangFang
- Le vent de la Chine blog
Fangfang (方芳), as Françoise Grenot-Wang was known locally, died tragically on 11 December 2008 in an accidental fire at her house in Danian, at the age of 59. She left behind a family, an immense humanitarian work recognized by the Chinese and French authorities and supported by an active association: Couleurs de Chine, and also an ethnological work of great quality. She was an honorary citizen of Liuzhou and a Knight of the National Order of Merit.
President Xi Jinping pays tribute to FangFang
In March 2014, in a solemn speech delivered in Paris during his State visit to France, the President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping evoked the memory of four French personalities ``who contributed to China's development``, in these terms:
« We will never forget the many French friends who have made a significant contribution to China's all-round development. I would mention, among others, doctor Jean-Augustin Bussière who, at the risk of his life, carried precious medicines by bicycle to the bases fighting against Japanese aggressors, military doctor Jean-Guillaume Houel who rescued the young Chinese girl trapped in the elevator during the strong aftershocks of the great earthquake in Wenchuan, Mrs Françoise Grenot-Wang, called FangFang by the Chinese, who helped Chinese children out of the school system to go to school, and Mr. Christian Bauer, coach of several Chinese sabre world champions, not to mention Alain Perrin, the new coach of China's national men's football team, from whom Chinese fans expect a lot and to whom I wish every success.»
Xi JinpingPresident of the People's Republic of China