Couleurs de Chine is an association (Law of 1901 in France), apolitical and non-denominational , registered at the Hauts-de-Seine Prefecture and domiciled at 61 rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris, France. It was created on March 12, 1990, with for initial objective to promote in France the culture of the ethnic minorities of China.
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.
Indeed, in most schools in these Miao, Yao and Dong villages, almost no girls were enrolled because of family poverty. For these children, the priority was boys, as school fees for a single child represented a large share of their income.
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..

Go further:

    • « 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:

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