Longwood Gardens, where my wife and I volunteer, is in Pennsylvania, but just over the border from Delaware. I thought I would see many Delaware friends and neighbors there, but, no, they are rare. For every visitor from Delaware, I meet well over a dozen from Shanghai. The reason often sited is the “nothing interesting in my backyard” rule. Most Philadelphians have never seen the Liberty Bell except for a class trip in grade school. Typically, natives anywhere do not go to the same places visitors find so interesting.
(Visitors from the Shanghai area recognize my baseball hat with “Suzhou” in Chinese characters that I put on for their benefit. Suzhou is a popular tourist city near Shanghai.)
But now comes a better explanation. Matt Sullivan, a guest columnist in our local newspaper points out that Delaware is a very small state with a population less than a million. There are more Fijians in the world than Delawareans, and more terrorists on the FBI watch list. That means, statistically, at Longwood Gardens I am more likely to meet a Fijian, or a suspected terrorist, on any given day than a fellow Delawarean. And far more likely to meet a visitor from Shanghai.