The theme of the most recent issue (March 2014, 2.1) of the Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies is Italy-China. Elena Pollacchi explores the influence of the Italian neo-realist tradition on contemporary Chinese film directors while Thomas Chen uses the dubbing into Mandarin Chinese of a classic example of the genre, Bicycle Thieves, to stimulate discussion on the role of dubbed films as translations. Two contributions focus on Michelangelo Antonioni’s Chung Kuo/China (1972). Xin Liu examines the Chinese reception to the film – banned between 1974 and 2004 even though it had been commissioned by the Chinese government. Stefano Bona compares its representation of China to the portrayal of the country by Gianni Amelio in his La stella che non c’è/The Missing Star, made 30 years later. And for those who shiver expectantly when someone whispers ‘There’s a stranger in town’, Ivo Ritzer looks at representations of ‘Asianness’ in the Italian Western.