According to Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, and editor of the recently published Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China, China is a place that lends itself to misconceptions. With shifting borders, crisscrossing cultural traditions, and a winding history of more than 5,000 years, it is easy for outside observers to oversimplify the country’s ongoing evolution. On this week’s Asia Unbound podcast, Wasserstrom touches upon a range of themes that course through China’s long history: the cyclical reemergence of Confucian values; the ceaseless fight against official corruption; and the precarious balance between the government and a restive populace. He also explores how China’s recent rise, and its dual quests for national rejuvenation and preeminence in Asia, are unsettling countries in its regional neighborhood and beyond. How do the disparate threads of Chinese history weave together to form the modern state that we see today? Listen to our conversation below to find out.