Uyematsu told the story of that early publication history in a recent interview for the Massachusetts Review:
As a college senior, I was lucky to be in UCLA's first Asian American Studies class, “Orientals in America,” during the spring quarter of 1969. I wrote a term paper, “The Emergence of Yellow Power in America,” which led to a job with the new UCLA Asian American Studies Center that opened that fall. I attached three poems to that term paper which ended up being published in the movement newspaper Gidra. Those short poems expressed some of the profound transformations I was undergoing much better than the yellow power essay. Little did I know that nearly five decades later I would still be writing poetry. (Source)
Uyematsu taught high school mathematics for many years at Venice High School before retiring. Along the way, she continued to write and publish poetry, with four published books: 30 Miles from J-Town, (1992), Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain (1998), Stone, Bow, Prayer (2005), and The Yellow Door (2015).