Celebrated and honored every May in the U.S., AAPI Heritage Month serves as a time to further recognize and amplify Asian and Pacific Islander authors and narrators. Read on for a small sample of narrators to listen to throughout the year, and browse more audiobooks by API authors in our collection!
An Audie and Earphones award-winning audiobook narrator, Natalie is passionate about recording queer fiction and books by Asian American authors. Her narration for Skyhunter was deemed a “blockbuster performance” by AudioFile.
Deepti Gupta received the 2022 Audie Award for Best Female Narrator for her narration of The Parted Earth. She can also be seen on TV shows such as The Politician, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and Little Fires Everywhere.
Kamran R. Khan
A screen and voice actor, Kamran has done voice work for shows such as Mira Royal Detective, Criminal Minds, and New Girl; popular video games; commercials; and a number of audiobooks.
Risa is based out of Los Angeles but has traveled around the country (and world) for her performing. She is known not only for her narration of Jesse Q. Sutanto’s books, but also for her role as Tilly the Tortoise on Netflix’s Word Party.
Becca Q. Co
“A voice that is by turns bright, optimistic, and resigned,” says AudioFile of Becca’s narration in The Last Karankawas. “Passionate about representation, uplifting and celebrating stories by marginalized voices, and spreading love and laughter,” Becca works in theater, voiceover, commercials, television, and film.
Best known for her role on Disney+’s Doogie Kameāloha, M.D., Mapuana’s work has been called “vivid” and “fluid” by AudioFile.
Actor, opera singer, and model, Kurt Kanazawa has lent his voice to numerous audiobooks, including To Paradise and How High We Go in the Dark. AudioFile has called his work a “keenly connected performance.”