Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project is a graphic novel written by young, South Asian women who are survivors of violence. Their stories are painful to read: the pressure to conform to multiple ideals and the resulting family conflict and inner struggle are unpleasant to witness. They show us graphically what they want us to see – their lives, in plain lines, but utterly complicated.
The women who wrote the book happen to be South Asian, but the message from their book transcends: Pay attention. Make the invisible visible. Listen to us.
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