What always puzzles me is how much time people will spend trying to work out the ethnicity of comic strip characters. I remember it happened regarding Grace from EGS
as well. Not meaning to disparage all of you who find the subject interesting, but I fail to see the point myself. It's the sort of thing that never even occurs to me until someone starts wondering 'aloud'. I just really, really don't see why a person's ethnicity matters at all (be they real or fictional), even simply at the level of 'huh, interesting combination of features/colouring that person has, wonder what genetic combination could have caused that'.
Mind you, it doesn't annoy me quite as much as people who seem to find it necessary to make all and sundry aware of their character's star signs. I've read far too many (mostly amateurish things come to think of it) where at least one character's full stats are given in the actual comic itself, in one big lump - name, age, height, weight (why do we need to know that?), ethnicity, and star sign! It's annoying! Maybe I'm just a grouch.
*ahem* As for Burgundy (look see, I'll join in and everything) - you could just argue that a) in a world where humans and non-humans co-exist and green and purple can be natural hair colours and eye colours there exists a place where people with Burgundy's colouring are very common - you know, make up an ethnic group. Or b) she is the result of random genetic shuffle, with ancestry from many parts of the globe resulting in an apperance that cannot really be described as anything in particular. I think that would make her Australian