Different from the Iranian Students Association and the Jewish Students Association, which at times had very political foci, the Chinese Students Association was less
of a politically interested student group, although it started with a thawing of the political relationship between the US and People’s Republic of China. Marked by the 1979 recognition of the People’s Republic of China, the Sino-American relationship moved into a new phase. This change in US-China relationship gave rise to the academic exchange between the United States and China and to the increasing student body of foreign students from PRC, which is now the largest foreign student group in the United States.
Not dwelling on the issue between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the People’s Republic of China (Mainland China), the Chinese Students Association remained a cultural group that granted membership to the general student body and strived to “promote the awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Chinese Culture among Johns Hopkins students.”