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Why did many Chinese decide to leave their homeland?. Sought sanctuary from intense conflicts caused by the British Opium Wars.Peasant Rebellions: The Qing government had imposed high taxes on the peasant farmers because China was forced to pay fees to the western imperialist powers. Many farmers lost their land and searched for golden opportunities abroad. For example in 1860 a Chinese laborer might earn only 3-5 dollars a month but if they worked for the United States railroad they could earn19

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