In Memoriam
Jacques Pimpaneau (1934–2021)

On 3 November 2021, the French sinologist Jacques Pimpaneau died in Paris at the age of 87. Born in Paris in 1934, Jacques Pimpaneau started studying Chinese in 1954 (Langues O’), and from 1958 to 1960 he studied at Peking University, as one of the first French students who obtained a scholarship for China. After his return to Europe, he studied at Oxford University. From 1963 to 1999, he was professor of Chinese literature at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO). From 1968 to 1971, he was detached to the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 1972, he created the Museum Kwok On in Paris. Among his major works are Promenade au jardin des poiriers. L’Opéra chinois classique, Éditions Kwok On, 1983; Chine: Histoire de la littérature, Philippe Picquier, 1989; Mémoires de la cour céleste, Éditions Kwok On, 1995; Chine: Culture et traditions, Nouvelle édition revue et corrigée, Philippe Picquier, 2004; and Le tour de Chine en 80 ans, Éditions de l’Insomniaque, 2017. The latter work has been regarded as a testimony that Jacques Pipaneau was “un professeur pas comme les autres, pour lequel «les différences entre les cultures sont bien moindres que celles qui existent partout entre classes sociales»”.