Amy Uyematsu

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Amy Uyematsu (born 1947) is a Japanese-American poet.


Growing up in Southern California, Uyematsu was torn between the Japanese culture of her family and the American culture of her environment, a conflict which has deeply influenced her writing and poetry. She penned the essay 'The Emergence of Yellow Power' in 1969 (for the Japanese-American journal Gidra), an assertion of Asian-American identity influenced by the consciousness-raising theories of Black Power.[1] She is now a high school math teacher and many of her poems reflect elements of math and quote mathematic equations. She has published three poetry books: Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain, 30 Miles from J-town, and Stone Bow Prayer.


  1. ^ Tachiki, Amy; Wong, Eddie; Odo, Franklin, eds. (1971). Roots: An Asian American Reader. University of California, Los Angeles Press. 

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