Seattle has long had a vibrant Asian and Asian-American population, and well-established communities of Scandinavians, African-Americans, Jews, Native Americans, and Latinos live here, too.A major seaport, the city is a vital link in Pacific Rim trade. Seattle draws visitors with its blend of urban sophistication, easygoing charm, and access to spectacular outdoor recreation. A major cultural center, its sophistication is evident in its architecture, fashion, and arts. Its restaurants -- from tiny International District dumpling stands to posh, first-class dining rooms -- serve a steady supply of visitors, longtime residents, and newcomers, all caught in the act of discovering and celebrating the city. Surrounding Seattle are the glorious mountains of the Olympic and Cascades ranges and the seafood-rich waters of the Pacific Ocean.