Representing 35 percent of the population in the United States at 24 million people in 2020, the Asian and Asian American population in the United States is expected to reach 46 million people by 2060 according to a report by the Pew Research Center. The Asian and Asian American population includes East Asian Americans (Chinese, Hong Kong, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Ryukyuan, Taiwanese, Tibetan), South Asian Americans (Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Indian, Indo-Caribbean, Indo-Fijian, Maldivian, Nepalese, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan), and Southeast Asian Americans (Burmese, Cambodian, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Iu Mien, Laotian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, and Vietnamese).
Here are the current members of Blue Wave Voiceover that perform voiceovers with an Asian accent in English:
When it comes to any kind of medium – including political ads, television commercials, documentary narration, corporate training materials, video game storylines, or explainer videos – authentic representation is key to connecting with your target audience. Historically, when it comes to Asian American and Pacific Islander voiceover representation in the media, there has been a historical “whitewashing” of characters with AAPI heritage.
In voiceover specifically, this has shown up in situations like Allison Brie, a Caucasian actress, voicing a character of Vietnamese descent on the Netflix animated series Bojack Horseman. More recognizable, Hank Azaria, a caucasian actor and voice actor providing for many years the voice of Apu, an Indian-American character on Fox’s hit animated show The Simpsons. Beyond voiceover, Hollywood’s portrayal of Asians has generally been racist and offensive caricatures such as Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles.
At Blue Wave Voiceover, we’re focused on elevating authentic voices from the AAPI community to give voice to characters, issues and platforms that are uniquely theirs.
The roster of professional voiceover talent at Blue Wave Voiceover can help you bring your project to life. If you’d like to advertise to or connect with the Asian community in English, but want to have it read in an Asian accent, the professional voiceover talents of Asian descent at Blue Wave Voiceover can help. They can offer insights into words, voice, and tone that can add value to your script and help your message connect with the audiences you want to reach.
The Asian community is not a monolith; there is a wide diversity of cultures within the Asian community, and this applies to Asian accents. Working with a professional voiceover talent representing the community you are looking to reach with your project also gives you insight into specific words, voice, tone, and cultural nuances that can add authenticity, warmth, and personal connection.
If you’re in need of a specific ethnicity or additional accent or language skills that we’re not displaying below, we’ll be happy to connect you to other trusted talents in our vast network. Simply e-mail us your script or fill out the contact form below and we’ll guide you in the right direction.